Preliminary hearing waived for man who tried to wound a police officer

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A man accused of trying to wound a police officer with a knife has waived his right to a preliminary hearing last Wednesday in Superior Court.

A preliminary hearing intends to determine whether there is probable cause to try an accused individual or not.

Daniel Jake Kaipat, 26, through his lawyer, Office of the Public Defender’s Jean Pierre Nogues, waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan ordered Kaipat to return on April 29 to be arraigned.

Kaipat is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and disturbing the peace.

According to a declaration of probable cause, Kaipat allegedly swung a knife at a Department of Public Safety officer who was trying to disarm him.

On April 9, at about 8:21am, police responded to a disturbing-the-peace complaint at the Marine Beach in Kagman 3.

At the scene, police met with the callers, Kaipat’s brother and mother, Marciano Kaipat and Josepha Kaipat, who warned police that Kaipat had been inhaling butane fumes and had a knife.

Josepha Kaipat tried to convince her son to give her the knife but Kaipat allegedly refused and pointed the blade tip at her and threatened to stab and kill her.

Police then stepped in and allegedly tried multiple times to convince Kaipat to cooperate with them but he would not comply and drop the knife.

One of the officers then used pepper spray on Kaipat who responded by swinging the knife at him. The officer managed to safely disarm Kaipat with his baton, while another officer restrained Kaipat and brought him to Department of Corrections.

Marciano later told police that earlier that day, he and Kaipat got into an altercation about a guitar and Kaipat used his head to hit Mariano’s head, choked him, and pushed him.

Kaipat’s bail was set at $10,000 but he has since been released to a third-party custodian.

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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