Man who punched gas attendant gets 1 day in prison


A man who punched and threatened to kill a male gas attendant at a gasoline station in Chalan Piao has pleaded guilty plea and was sentenced to one-year in prison, all suspended except for one day.

Inario Bisanen, 37, was given credit for one day of time served; this means he will now be set free.

Bisanen pleaded guilty to assault and battery last Thursday as part of a plea deal.

In sentencing Bisanen, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph H. Camacho said the suspended sentence may be imposed in whole or in part if Bisanen violates any law or Office of the Adult Probation rules.

The judge placed Bisanen on one year of probation.

During his probation, he is not allowed to contact the victim, is prohibited from using illegal drugs, complete and pay for any anger management program, and be subjected to random tests for drugs and or alcohol.

Bisanen was ordered to pay $330 in restitution to the victim, $150 in fine, $25 in court costs, and $120 in probation fee.

Last Feb. 10, the Office of the Attorney General charged Bisanen with assault and battery, and criminal mischief, which carry a total of two years’ prison term. He has no prior conviction.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, on Jan. 3, 2020 at 10:30am, a police officer was dispatched to the Mobil Gas Station in Chalan Piao, where the assault happened.

The victim told the officer that Bisanen had driven his car to the station to buy gas earlier that morning. While the victim was pumping the gas, Bisanen got out of his vehicle, approached him, and after a brief exchange of words, punched him. The victim was hit, injuring his left eye and breaking a pair of sunglasses he was wearing. The victim sought medical treatment for his injuries and replacement for his glasses, incurring $330 in expenses. The victim told police that he did not know Bisanen or why he was angry.

He said that, before the punch, Bisanen asked him where he lives, his telephone number, and threatened to kill him.

After the assault, Bisanen fled the scene.

A few minutes later, a police unit conducting routine patrol spotted Bisanen’s car parked in front of a store in Koblerville. The defendant was then arrested.

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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