Probable cause found vs man in stabbing incident


The Superior Court has found probable cause to warrant the filing of one of two charges against a man who allegedly stabbed another man for interfering in a theft.

During a preliminary hearing yesterday, Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho found probable cause to believe that 43-year-old Ken Matzue may have committed the crimes of assault with a dangerous weapon.

However, no probable cause was found to charge Matzue with disturbing the peace.

Matzue will be arraigned on Nov. 26 at 9am.

He is represented by Chief Public Defender Doug Hartig.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, the Office of the Attorney General charged Matzue for allegedly stabbing a man who stopped him from stealing four cans of beer at the New Chang Ming store on Oct. 14, 2018.

Matzue, who is detained at the Department of Corrections, faces a bail of $15,000.

Matzue is prohibited from being near the victim and the New Chang Ming Market. He is also barred from traveling.

According to the Department of Public Safety, police responded to a report of a robbery and stabbing incident at New Chang Ming Market in Garapan on Sunday night, Oct. 14.

The report states that police arrived at the scene of the crime last Sunday at 6:59pm and found the victim with lacerations on his chest.

During an interview with the victim, he told police that Matzue came into the store and went straight to the chiller where the beer was. The victim said he allegedly saw Matzue place four cans of beer into his bag and walk over to the cash register with one beer in his hand.

The victim told police that he followed Matzue to the counter to ensure that he pays for the beers in his bag, but Matzue only paid for the one can he was holding in his hand.

After paying for the beer, the victim told Matzue to take out the four beers in his bag. When Matzue opened his bag, the victim took out the beers and did not realize that Matzue had pulled a knife out of his right pocket.

Matzue allegedly tried to stab the victim on his chest but the victim blocked the action and sustained a stab wound on the hand and small puncture wound in the chest.

The victim immediately ran away from Matzue, who then contacted 911 to report the incident.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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