Probable cause found against man accused of raping tourist


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho found yesterday probable cause to charge a man accused of raping a female tourist at his apartment in Garapan.

At a preliminary hearing, Camacho found probable cause to believe that that the crimes of sexual assault in the first degree and disturbing the peace were committed and the person who may have committed such offenses is Min Wei Huang.

Camacho ordered the 30-year-old Huang to answer the charges.

Camacho, however, ruled that he heard the testimony of the witness and found no probable cause to believe that the crimes of sexual assault in the second degree and assault and battery as the offenses are lesser-included of sexual assault in the first degree.

The judge dismissed the two charges without prejudice.

Dismissed without prejudice means the government may re-file the charges in the future.

Assistant attorney general Teri C. Tenorio, counsel for the government, called police detective Myron Laniyo to the witness stand. Chief public defender Douglas Hartig served as counsel for Huang.

Arraignment will be on April 17 at 9am.

After the hearing, Huang was remanded into the custody of the Department of Corrections. The court earlier imposed a $50,000 cash bail on him.

Police said the victim was taken to the hospital for bruises on the inner left thigh, back of left thigh, left lower leg, and bruises and scratches on the upper left arm. She had scratches on her left elbow, a bite mark on the left arm, and scratches on the right lower eye.

The tourist told police that after playing games at a casino last Sunday early morning, she went to her apartment but her roommate never woke up to open the door. Huang, who stays on the first floor of the apartment, offered his extra room in his unit.

While she was sleeping in Huang’s extra room, she was awakened to find the defendant already on top of her.

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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