Man who tries to intervene in dispute is stabbed


A man who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute involving his neighbors was instead stabbed in the back in San Jose last month.

The suspect, Kfis Kris Pino, 38, was arrested on Sunday in Dandan for assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery, and two counts of disturbing the peace.

Police said the victim, Antonio Kapileo, sustained a stab wound in the back and was placed on observation for almost 12 hours at the Commonwealth Health Center.

At yesterday’s hearing, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho increased Pino’s $20,000 cash bail to $50,000 due to the suspect’s prior criminal history and the seriousness of the crime. Preliminary hearing will be on Friday.

Police detective Francisco Romeo Iginoef stated in his report that a police officer and an emergency medical technician who responded to the scene saw Kapileo lying on the ground on his stomach behind Dolphin Wholesale on Nov. 11 at 2:27am. Kapileo’s shirt and jeans were soaked with blood. After a few minutes, medics arrived and brought him to CHC.

Police searched for the suspect but failed to find him.

Iginoef said he and another detective talked to Kapileo at his home in San Jose the following day.

According to Kapileo’s narration of events, he was fishing at the beach side near Oleai Beach Bar on Nov. 11 at 1:30am when he heard noises from across the road. Kapileo looked at the road leading to San Jose Church and saw Pino running across the road. He also saw a female standing on the road leading to the church.

Kapileo got in his car and drove to the parking lot of the nearby Downtown Market. He got down from his car and approached the female whom he identified as his neighbor and asked her if she needed help. She told Kapileo to help her mother, who is Pino’s common-law wife.

As Kapileo was walking toward the female neighbor, he felt pain in his back and he realized that he had been stabbed. When he looked back, he saw Pino holding a knife.

Kapileo said he fell to the ground but managed to get up and ran toward his house. He then walked to the house of his boss and asked the latter to call an ambulance.

Ignoef said that on the same day, the common-law wife of Pino told him that prior to the incident, she and Pino had an argument because she refused to give him some money.

Pino got angry, allegedly pushed her on the chest and punched her right shoulder. She said Pino then walked away and her daughter followed him.

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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