Probable cause found vs man who allegedly attacked group of men


Probable cause was found to proceed with the filing of charges against Scott Patrick Owen, a man who, while allegedly drunk, attacked with a machete a group of Chinese men playing mahjong in San Antonio.

At the preliminary hearing on Monday, probable cause was found to charge Owen with assault with a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace. The 41-year-old Owen was directed to answer the charges. Arraignment will be on Dec. 4 at 9am.

At the hearing, assistant attorney general Teri Tenorio called police detective Wally San Nicolas Emul Jr., to the witness stand. Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig served as counsel for Owen.

Police received a call about an assault with a dangerous weapon incident at the Sablan barracks compound last Nov. 18 at 1:36pm. One of the men sustained a laceration to the left forearm in the attack.

The alleged victim told police that he was sitting with a Chinese man playing mahjong when Owen came and sat by the table, drinking a bottle of vodka. The victim said the problem started when he and his companions were speaking in Chinese. Owen stood up and yelled profanities at them. He then got a machete from his room and attacked them with it.

The court has imposed a $25,000 cash bail on Owen.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho presided over Monday’s hearing.

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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