Over $7K bail set for woman who allegedly threatened man with knife


The Superior Court has imposed over $7,000 cash bail on a woman who allegedly threatened her former boyfriend and father of her child with a knife.

Jayna Cepeda Kaipat, 31, appeared before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan last Wednesday, who imposed the $7,500 cash bail.

Kaipat was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace for threatening her ex-boyfriend with a knife.

Kaipat, through her defense attorney, filed a motion with the court for a bail modification. She asked the court to allow her to be released upon posting 10% of the bail amount, or $750.

Chief public defender Douglas Hartig was appointed by the court to represent Kaipat while assistant attorney general Steve Kessell appeared for the government.

According to court documents, Kaipat went to the residence of her daughter’s father in Kagman in the early hours of Aug. 21, 2020, to get their belongings. The victim, Kaipat’s former boyfriend, told police that Kaipat was obviously intoxicated.

The victim said Kaipat kept coming closer so he kept backing up, then she started to chase him around the house.

According to a witness, Kaipat allegedly went crazy and started yelling and chasing her former boyfriend with a knife.

When responding officers arrived at the house, they said they saw Kaipat being held down by her former boyfriend and his relatives who said she was threatening them with a knife.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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