On Sunday, March 22, 2020, at about 6:51am, the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an injured person at a poker establishment in the village of San Jose, Saipan.
At about 6:54am, police arrived on scene and came upon a woman lying on the floor of the cashier’s booth, moaning in pain. When the officers asked her what had happened, she was unable to answer as she was in severe pain. The victim was brought to the Commonwealth Health Center where she was admitted.
Witnesses at the scene told police that a masked individual had attempted to gain entry into the cashier’s booth before fleeing and heading south toward Oleai.
After further investigation, police learned that the suspect had told the cashier that he needed to “cash out.” Shortly after the victim left the cashiers booth, she blacked out before police arrived on scene.
The suspect was described as 5’6” or 5’7” tall, dark-complexioned, skinny, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, a pair of tan-colored cargo shorts, black baseball cap, and a pair of black shoes.
Upon further investigation on March 26, 2020, witnesses from the scene were shown a photo line-up of similarly described individuals and a witness at the scene quickly identified Michael Jordan P. Cabrera as the suspect who ran out of the poker establishment at the time of the incident.
On March 27, 2020, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho signed and issued an arrest warrant for Cabrera’s arrest with bail set at $50,000, for the charges of attempted robbery and assault and battery. On the same date, authorities arrested Cabrera within the village of Chalan Kanoa. Cabrera was transported to the Department of Corrections where he was booked and detained. (PR)