Probable cause found against robbery suspect


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho yesterday found probable cause to charge Jeremiah P. Seman, a habitual offender who was arrested last week by an alert off-duty police officer shortly after he allegedly robbed two women in Chalan Kanoa.

At a preliminary hearing, Camacho found probable cause to believe that the crime of robbery was committed and that the 32-year-old Seman may have committed such offense.

Camacho ordered the defendant to answer the charge.

Arraignment will be on July 18 at 9am.

At the hearing, assistant attorneys general Heather Barcinas and Jonathan R. Glass Jr. called to the witness stand police detective Myron O. Laniyo, who narrated to the court the incident that led to Seman’s arrest.

Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer appeared as counsel for Seman.

After the hearing, the defendant was remanded into the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Off-duty police officer Ralph Rangamar chased and arrested Seman last July 5 after the suspect allegedly had just robbed a mother and her daughter who were walking toward Payless Supermarket along Beach Road, Chalan Kanoa.

The 49-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter were not injured. They positively identified Seman as the person who grabbed their Marc Jacobs wallet containing $200 in cash, a First Hawaiian Bank card, and a CNMI driver’s license.

An assisting police officer recovered the victim’s Marc Jacobs wallet along with its contents just a few feet from Jin’s Apartment in Susupe, where off-duty police officer Ralph Rangamar apprehended Seman.

Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo earlier imposed an $11,250 cash bail on Seman.

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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