Man pleads guilty to burglarizing store


A man who was arrested inside a closed store in Koblerville pleaded guilty to burglary in Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Romileo O. Sahagon, 21, will be sentenced on Dec. 30, 2014, at 10am.

Associate Judge David A. Wiseman ordered the Adult Probation Office to prepare a presentence investigation report.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Sahagon burglarized a building or occupied structure of Manny M. Torres and Zhen Hua Zhang Torres in Koblerville at 11:50pm on Aug. 10, 2014, with the purpose of stealing.

The experience of catching Sahagon inside their store was so frightening to Mrs. Torres that she had to be rushed by an ambulance to the hospital.

Police officers had to summon an ambulance after they noticed that Mrs. Torres, owner of Flo’s Mini Mart, kept touching her chest and was hyperventilating.

Police said Sahagon admitted that he broke into the store through the air-conditioner’s window at the back to steal betel nuts and cigarettes, but the owners caught him.

Two police officers responded to the store at 11:54pm after receiving a call about a burglary. When they arrived at the establishment, the owners directed the officers’ attention to Sahagon, who was inside the store and appeared cooperative.

Torres told police that the store was already closed but he could not sleep so he got up to make coffee. He and this wife then heard noise coming from the northern side of the store.

Mrs. Torres became frightened when she opened the light in the store and saw Sahagon hiding between the shelves of pots just below the aircon window.

Sahagon did not resist or fought the couple.

Later police requested for medical personnel after they noticed Mrs. Torres touching her chest and hyperventilating. At 12:26am, the ambulance arrived and transported the victim to the hospital.

A crime scene technician recovered at the scene a knife that the suspect used in cutting open the screen.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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