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Arrest Warrant - Esefow Kesner and Donovan S. Ludwig
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:50AM

Suspects were apprehended by police on Monday evening, August 25, 2014.

On Monday, August 25, 2014 at 4:53pm, the Honorable Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio issued an Arrest Warrant for Esefow Kesner (DOB: May 02, 1994) and Donovan S. Ludwig (DOB: Oct. 21, 1992). Charges were for Disturbing the Peace, Assault, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Robbery and theft of Vehicle in reference to multiple incidents that occurred on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Bail was set at $50,000.00.

The Department of Public Safety responded to two different complaints filed on Saturday night involving the two subjects. It is alleged that these two subjects, as they were given a ride to Kagman by Victim #1, assaulted the owner of the vehicle and forced him out, taking the vehicle and leaving the owner stranded on forbidden Island Road. These two subjects then went to Victim #1’s residence in Garapan and assaulted one individual, who was asleep at the time, then took items from the apartment as they fled.


Victim #1 – Japanese Male
Age: 37
Sustained injuries including: Fractured nose, fractured peri-orbital, endocranial hemorrhage, and brain contusion.

Victim #2 – Chamorro Male
Age: 26
Sustained injuries including: Fractured right orbital, 4cm laceration on his scalp, right subconjunctival hemorrhage, and nasal fracture.

Both victims were transported to the Commonwealth Healthcare Center for treatment of their injuries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:35AM
Sobriety Checkpoints for Saipan
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:51PM

The CNMI Department of Public Safety, Commonwealth State Police Division, Traffic Section will be conducting DUI Sobriety Checkpoints on August 30, 2014 and September 1, 2014.


August 30, 2014:

1. Beach Road, Garapan, across from Bank Pacific, southbound lane, 1500-1615 hrs.

2. Chalan Pale Arnold, Gualo Rai adjacent to St. Michael's Offce, southbound lane, 1730-1845 hrs.

3. Beach Road, Susupe in front of Pedro P. Tenorio Multi Purpose Building, northbound lane, 1930-2045 hrs.



September 1, 2014:

1. Beach Road, Chalan Lau lau adjacent to Dr. Benusto Kaipat's residence, southbound lane 1600-1715 hrs.

2. Chalan Monsignor Guerrero, Chalan Kiya, eastbound lane, 1800-1915 hrs.

3. Beach Road, Susupe in front of Minatchum Atdao, southbound lane 2000-2115 hrs.

Arrest Warrant
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:58PM

frank-tudelaFrank Tudela Pangelinan


Subject turned himself in 1:39AM on August 21, 2014

The Department of Public Safety currently holds a warrant for the arrest of FRANK T. PANGELINAN. Honorable Judge Teresa Kim-Tenrio issued the warrant for Pangelinan’s arrest on August 14, 2014 at 3:03pm for Criminal Contempt and set the bail at $7,500. The warrant was requested by Detective Catherine Pangelinan after Pangelinan was found violating his court-mandated curfew.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of FRANK T. PANGELINAN is asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 670-664-9001 or 911. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 670-234-7272.

Last Updated on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:51PM
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.