Two men arrested for allegedly robbing boy

1 defendant confesses that his intent was to trade item with ‘ice’

Police arrested on Tuesday night two men who allegedly conspired to rob an Asian boy’s iPad in San Antonio.

Jose M. Ngeskebei, 20, was arrested in San Antonio for robbery while Terrence C. Cabrera, 25, was apprehended in Afetnas for conspiracy and accessory. Their bail was set yesterday at $50,000 cash each; preliminary hearing will be on Nov. 23 at 9am.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho said a private counsel will be appointed for Ngeskebei.

Assistant public defender Tillman Clark was appointed as counsel for Cabrera. Assistant attorney general Betsy Weintraub appeared for the government.

Police detective Jeffrey I. Norita stated in his report that the victim and his friend were walking on a trail east of the Sablan compound in San Antonio when a man approached and grabbed the victim’s iPad in the afternoon of Aug. 29.

A responding police officer identified the person who grabbed the iPad as Ngeskebei because of several witnesses.

Norita said he and another detective went to Ngeskebei’s house in San Antonio, where the suspect allegedly confessed to the crime. Ngeskebei told the detectives that he and Cabrera were walking on Batu Place where they saw the victim holding an iPad from a distance.

Ngeskebei said he ran behind the victim, grabbed the iPad, and fled.

Ngeskebei said he gave the iPad to Cabrera and told him to wait for him at a friend’s house.

Norita said that, according to Ngeskebei, his intention was to swap the iPad for methamphetamine or “ice.”

Norita said they met with Cabrera, who went inside a house and came back with the stolen iPad.

Norita said Cabrera stated that Ngeskebei gave the iPad to him to secure for a friend.

Norita said a witness disclosed that prior to the robbery, he overheard Cabrera telling Ngeskebei to hide in a grassy area and wait for the victim to pass.

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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