Violence mars parade


The annual Liberation Day parade took a violent turn last Thursday when a confrontation between two men near the tail-end of the parade escalated into a stabbing incident that resulted in the two being brought to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment of their wounds.

Several Department of Public Safety officers that were on patrol duty at the parade were seen responding to the stabbing incident within the crowd.

According to DPS spokesperson Adrian Pangelinan, one of the men has since been brought to the Department of Corrections for assault with a dangerous weapon.

DPS has yet to disclose the names of the men involved in the incident.

The first individual, a man wearing a green T-shirt, had about an inch laceration on his right pinky finger while the second individual, a man wearing a red T-shirt, had a one-and-a-half-inch laceration on his upper back.

Medics arrived at the scene and immediately assisted the man wearing red, as his injuries were more severe.

According to police, DPS officers were doing routine patrol along Beach Road at about 4:27pm during the Liberation Day parade when they noticed sudden yelling coming from a crowd of spectators.

Officers immediately rushed over to the scene where they immediately noticed two men, one in red and one in green, being pulled away from one another.

Responding officers learned that the man wearing red was walking along the Beach Road Pathway toward the carnival grounds in the Garapan Fishing Base when an individual called him over. As the two were talking, the man wearing a green T-shirt walked up and allegedly head-butted the man wearing red.

The man in green was allegedly heard telling family members that the man in red had previously beaten up his younger brother.

People in the area pulled the two apart and told the man in red to walk away but as he turned to walk away, the man wearing green stabbed him.

At about 4:37pm, the man in red was brought to CHC where he was stitched up while the man in green was also brought to CHC before he was brought to DOC.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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