Psychiatrist appointed for man who punched doctor, CHC staff


Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman yesterday appointed a psychiatrist to conduct an examination of Patrick Tudela Gibo, a 36-year-old man believed to be mentally ill, who was recently arrested for allegedly punching a mid-level provider and a physician at the Commonwealth Health Center.

Wiseman issued the appointment of Dr. Jeremy Richards in connection with Gibo’s other pending criminal case that arose from an incident when he allegedly barged into a Bible study at Grace Christian Ministries in Kagman III and attacking a person.

The judge ordered Richards to file a written report about Gibo’s mental condition with the clerk of court on or before Oct. 19, 2015.

After the doctor has filed his report, Wiseman said the court will schedule a competency hearing pursuant to statute if necessary.

Wiseman ordered Gibo’s counsel, assistant public defender Matthew Meyer, to contact Dr. Richards and make the arrangement for his client to be interviewed.

Gibo is currently under the custody of the Department of Corrections because of his new case.

Wiseman ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Gibo after his counsel Meyer referred him as a mentally troubled person at a status conference last week.

The judge suspended all proceedings in the criminal prosecution.

Last January, Wiseman ordered Gibo’s temporary release because the person qualified to perform his psychiatric evaluation could not be found.

In the Bible study incident, the Office of the Attorney General charged the defendant with criminal mischief, assault and battery, and four counts of disturbing the peace.

In the new case, Gibo allegedly punched a mid-level provider and a physician at the Commonwealth Health Center last Sept. 11.

Police learned that Gibo went to the emergency room and asked to be admitted to the psychiatric ward because he was hearing voices. He then punched mid-level provider Lorie Hutchison on the left chin and Dr. Todd A. Tritch on the right jaw at CHC’s emergency room.

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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