Man struggles with cops over possession of machete


A man allegedly struggled with two police officers for a machete that used during a fight with his wife in front of their children at their residence in San Vicente early Wednesday morning.

Patrick Cody Camacho Lizama, 27, was subdued and arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, obstructing justice, false arrest, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace. His bail was set at $15,000 cash; preliminary hearing is on Oct. 14 at 9am.

Assistant public defender Cindy Nesbit was appointed as counsel for Lizama. Assistant attorney general Heather Barcinas appeared for the government.

Police detective John Anthony Hofschneider stated in his report that five police officers were dispatched to Lizama’s residence on Wednesday at 1:52am after the victim’s mother called about a domestic violence.

Hofschneider said investigation showed that Lizama got mad when his wife questioned him about his drinking problem. He allegedly broke their daughter’s crib and slammed the bedroom’s door repeatedly.

When she tried to call her mother, Lizama allegedly threatened to beat up anyone she was calling. Lizama allegedly pushed the victim thrice, preventing her from leaving the house.

When police officers arrived, the victim, who was holding their youngest daughter in her arm, ran into the bedroom. Before she was able to lock the door, Lizama slammed the door, breaking it off.

The officers began to talk to Lizama, but he told the police he would put down the machete only if they leave the area.

Two officers then struggled with Lizama for possession of the machete.

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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