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Vehicle Fire
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:35AM

The CNMI Department of Public Safety Fire Division received an emergency call for a possible Vehicle Fire by the northern entrance to the MIHA Housing across the Century Hotel in Garapan on July 22, 2014 at 2154 hours.

The first arriving unit CBRNE (Rescue Unit) was dispatched from beach road at 2155 hours, arriving on scene at 2156 hours. Upon arrival, personnel did not immediately find the operator of the vehicle at the area, the operator returned to the scene at approximately 2200 hours. Upon contact with the male operator, CBRNE Personnel were able to confirm that the operator suffered no injuries associated to the vehicle fire. A Fire Engine was also dispatched at 2156 hours from the San Roque Fire Station, arriving on scene at 2202 hours. The fire was fully suppressed at 2207 hours.

Information gathered indicated that the operator of the vehicle was exiting the MIHA housing area when he heard a “pop” from behind he looked into his rear view mirror the operator noticed what appeared to be a spark and flames. The operator then exited the vehicle to look for assistance.

The matter is still under investigation, Fire Investigator Anthony Babauta indicated that although the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, they are looking into mechanical issues as a possible cause.

Vehicle Year: Unknown
Vehicle Make: Toyota
Vehicle Model: MR2

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:38AM
Auto Ran-Off Fatality
Monday, July 07, 2014 - 10:16PM

On July 6, 2014 at 0226hrs, DPS Central dispatched Officer Jonathan Decena to a reported Auto Ran Off-Fixed Object crash incident by south of Jin Store in Dandan. The crash occurred on the eastbound shoulder of Flame Tree Road, Dandan, by the sharp curve in between Jin Li Store and Cepeda (Apong) Residence. At the time of this crash, the weather condition was cloudy, the road surface was dry and the lighting at the area was dark.

Based upon the investigation, it was learned that the operator was under the influence of alcohol as personnel were able to detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the interior of the vehicle and located a glass cup containing brown color alcoholic beverage. The vehicle was traveling eastbound and had ran off the road to the right and crashed head on with the concrete barrier which protects the CUC utility pole. It was also determine that no brakes were applied prior to impact. It was determined that the driver was not properly restrained, causing the driver to impact with the steering wheel and front windshield. The driver of the vehicle was transported to CHC via DPS Fire Medics and was pronounced dead at 0310hrs by Dr. Florence Schenker.

While investigating the crash, Traffic Investigator Ofc. Kwon recovered a Ruger .22 caliber revolver handgun with its holster. The said hand gun was loaded with six rounds of .22 ammunition in the cylinder.

VICTIM: Arthur Sibetang

Date of Birth: 7/01/1953(61yrs. old)

Address: Dandan

Nat’l /Sex: Palauan/Male

Injuries: Crushed chest, head injuries, internal injuries and laceration to the face.

Vehicle: 1990 Toyota Hilux, Pickup truck, Blue.

Damages: Extensive damages to its front area.

Missing Tourists - Update #4
Monday, July 07, 2014 - 10:11PM

The Commissioner spoke today about the progress of the search thus far and the plans for future investigation into the two missing Japanese tourists. The Department of Public Safety is still making all efforts to continue the search thus far and based upon a witness account, the search will continue until tomorrow afternoon. A witness has stated they saw two Japanese females around sunset time on June 29, 2014 at Wing Beach. This information is being substantiated by our investigators at this point. If no further evidence or information is recovered by tomorrow afternoon, the Department of Public Safety will suspend our search efforts. The Commissioner wanted to assure everyone that the case will still be investigated even after the search efforts are suspended. We have exhausted all efforts in the search of these two missing tourists and have expended a great deal of resources doing such.

At this time, the Department of Public Safety is not ruling out foul play in this case, but at this point, there is no evidence to suggest foul play is involved. In reference to cell phones – we have no indication at this time to suggest that the two missing tourists brought their cellular devices with them to the CNMI. The
Department of Public Safety, via the Federal Bureau of Investigation has checked with both IT&E and Docomo and have received information that no calls have been made to or from the cellular devices using their cellular networks. Also, the family indicated to investigators that they have not spoken to the two
sisters while they have been on Saipan.

The family is grieving at this point and is asking that the media continue to treat them respectfully and give them time to process the information about their missing family members.

TO CLARIFY: The raft that was recovered on July 2, 2014 was still inflated and was face up in the water.
Earlier reports stated the raft was deflated.


Wanted Person - CAPTURED
Monday, July 07, 2014 - 10:40AM

Update: The subject was captured by detectives in the afternoon on July 9, 2014.

Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help for a wanted person. On Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, Pretty Tours Car Rental located on Beach Road, Garapan was burglarized and items stolen to include an FJ Cruiser. Police investigation led to several suspects including Roland H. Muna.

On Friday, July 4, 2014, the honorable Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio signed an arrest warrant for Roland Hernandez Muna, age 25. The charges include Burglary, Theft, and Theft of a Vehicle. Cash bail has been set for $50,00.00.

Police Officers made contact with Roland Muna the next day to serve the arrest warrant. Mr. Muna managed to elude and escape police officers. He is still at large.


Roland Hernandez Muna AGE:25
Local Chamorro male
Height: 5'4" tall Weight: 140 lbs.
Brown Hair, Brown Eyes.
Mustache and may have a short goatee.
Multiple Tattoos

DPS and Crime Stoppers need your help. Please contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272 should you want to remain anonymous or use our website at www.nmicrimestoppers.net Crime stoppers pays up to $1,000.00 for any information leading to an arrest. It pays to call.

Last Updated on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 07:33AM
Missing Tourists - Update #3
Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 12:17PM

The search is still on-going and continued this morning with crews searching both land and sea. The main point of concentration is the area surrounding the Tanapag Lagoon and everything north to Wing Beach. The United States Coast Guard was able to deploy a device into the ocean yesterday that simulates a human body. This device led investigators to move the search further south to the Tanapag Lagoon. Crews are utilizing boats, jet-ski's, and divers are also being deployed. Fixed wing aircrafts and helicopters from the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard will be utilized as they are available. Land crews are on foot and utilizing ATV devices to broaden the search from Tanapag Lagoon north to the
Wing Beach area.

The United States Coast Guard, the United States Navy, CNMI Department of Public Safety, CNMI Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and the Commonwealth Ports Authority are continuing all efforts to locate these two missing sisters.

The video surveillance mentioned last night does not indicate whether or not the sisters were carrying the inflatable raft but they were seen carrying tote-style bags out of their room. It has been confirmed that the clothing found on the beach does not match the clothing indicated in the surveillance footage. It has been confirmed that the raft was intact when it was recovered; no puncture marks were found on the raft.

The following pictures have been obtained by the United States Customs and Border Protection and are being released as we ask citizens to help us in the search of these two missing sisters.

chinatsu  natsuki
 Yamada, Chinastu DOB: 06/13/1988  Yamada, Natsuki DOB: 09/27/1980

The search is still on-going for these two missing tourists. Anyone with information into the possible whereabouts of these two sisters is asked to call the  Department of Public Safety by dialing 911 or 670-664-9001. We ask that the public and media bear with us as we are exhausting all efforts to search for these two missing Japanese individuals. Periodic reports will be released when information is available.

Last Updated on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 12:36PM
Missing Tourists - Update #2
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 03:35PM

As the investigation and search continues into the whereabouts of the two Japanese tourists, more information is made available to investigators. In addition to the assets of the Department of Public Safety, the Commonwealth Ports Authority is also assisting in the search efforts. The Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management has deployed their resources and assisted in setting up an Incident Command Center as well as providing logistical support for land and sea crews. The Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation was able to gather the following information:


  • Based on hotel surveillance footage, the sisters last left their hotel room on 6/29/2014 at 2217hrs.
  • On 7/1/2014 at 1208hrs, the vehicle that was rented to the sisters was recovered at Wing Beach. The vehicle was secured and the sisters   passports and other belongings were located inside.
  • On 7/1/2014 at 1420hrs, clothing and towels, believed to belong to the sisters, was found on the beach. Inside the towels were the keys to the vehicle, US currency, and articles of clothing. Also found on the beach were rowing paddles and the pump to inflate an inflatable raft.

The box for the raft was found empty inside the sisters hotel room on 7/1/2014 by investigators; it is believed that the raft was procured in Japan and brought here by the two tourists. Along with the sisters belongings, US currency, credit cards, and their suitcases were also inside the hotel room.

  • On 7/2/2014 at 0833hrs, the US Coast Guard helicopter spotted a raft 25 nautical miles north of Banzai Cliff.
  • On 7/2/2014 at 1021hrs, the raft was recovered by DPS Fire boat and was found deflated.

The two missing Japanese tourists are being identified as Natsuki Yamada (DOB 9/27/1980) and Chinatsu Yamada (DOB 6/13/1988). It is unknown, at this time, where exactly the sisters are from in Japan, along with their occupations. The Japanese Consulate has been contacted and is currently coordinating the travel of the two missing tourists' parents.

The search is still on-going for these two missing tourists. Anyone with information into the possible whereabouts of these two sisters is asked to call the Department of Public Safety by dialing 911 or 670- 664-9001.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 09:58PM