Woman who robbed poker arcade’s cashier at knifepoint to plead guilty


The woman who is accused of robbing a poker arcade in San Jose now wants to change her plea from not guilty to guilty.

Artemia Gabayeron, 51, through Doug Hartig of the Office of the Public Defender, informed the court yesterday that she would like to change her initial plea of not guilty to guilty.

The official change of plea agreement would state what charges she will be pleading guilty to as she is faced with multiple charges, including robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and disturbing the peace.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho set Gabayeron’s change of plea hearing on June 19, 2019, at 9am.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, surveillance footage allegedly showed Gabayeron robbing the Royal Poker gaming arcade in Oleai last April 11. Gabayeron was reportedly seen entering the arcade and leaving after robbing the female cashier of $649. She allegedly threatened her at knifepoint.

The suspect allegedly walked into the establishment between 6:30am and 6:45am after the security guard had left and made sure that there were no other people inside the establishment before proceeding with the robbery.

The suspect called the cashier for assistance first before forcing her way inside the cashier’s area and holding the cashier at knifepoint.

A short struggle occurred before the suspect was able to open the cash register and grab a handful of cash valued at $649.

The suspect then fled the establishment, going south toward Oleai.

Gabayeron was apprehended two days later at her home.

Court information mentions that a human resources representative from a Susupe hotel, where she worked at, helped police identify Gabayeron through photos from the surveillance footage, confirming that it was, in fact, Gabayeron and directed police to Gabayeron’s residence in As Terlaje.

Aside from identification by her employer, Gabayeron was also identified by the victim in a six-person lineup.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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