Tinian Mayor’s Office worker allegedly attacked man for texting his girlfriend


A community worker at the Tinian Mayor’s Office was arrested on Friday on allegations that he threatened to kill a man for texting his girlfriend, blocked his car with his truck, and tried to bump him to crash his car on Tinian.

Marcus Genam Untalan, 52, was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, assault, and criminal mischief.

Police said the victim denied texting Untalan’s girlfriend because he does not know how to text and never used his cell phone for a year now.

The victim said he was traumatized and lost appetite after the incident.

At a hearing yesterday, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho retained the $25,000 cash bail that the court imposed in issuing the arrest warrant.

Preliminary hearing will be on June 22 at 9am. Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer was appointed as counsel for Untalan. Assistant attorney general Shannon Foley appeared for the government.

After the hearing, Meyer was seen asking a question to Untalan, but the defendant kept on talking on different matters.

Police Detective Shawn Lee SN. Borja disclosed that last June 3 a police officer tried to interview Untalan, but the defendant stated that the officers are not going to arrest him, then he jumped toward the back of his house and into the jungle area.

Borja stated in his report that the investigation began when a ports police officer called the Department of Public Safety for assistance last May 27 at 12:53pm after the victim drove to the airport and asked for help.

Borja said the victim later that day told police how Untalan attacked him.

Officers then tried to locate Untalan, but could not find him.

Borja said during an interview last June 3, the victim alleged that Untalan attempted to kill him thrice.

The detective said according to the victim, Untalan came to his house last May 27, looking for him.

When somebody told that the victim was not there, Untalan then made a threat he would kill the victim for texting his girlfriend.

The victim said that later that day, while he was driving his car, Untalan blocked his vehicle with his pickup truck.

Untalan, who appeared “not in his right mind” and his teeth grinding, then allegedly threatened he would kill him so he immediately drove off.

Untalan allegedly punched the side of the victim’s car and chased him with his truck.

The victim said he was already driving 85 miles per hour, but Untalan still caught up and drove next to his car.

The victim said Untalan tried thrice to hit his car with his truck, prompting him to drive off the road to avoid crashing. He said he somehow managed to get away and drove to the airport, where he sought police’s help.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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