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

frank-tudelaFrank Tudela PangelinanThe 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.

Unexploded Ordinance Disposal
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - 04:59PM

This is to inform the general public that the Department of Public Safety will be blocking off the northern part of the island, from Marpi north, on August 29, 2014 from approximately 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The purpose of this blockage is to dispose of the significant collection of unexploded ordinance that has been collected by the Department of Public Safety Explosive Response Team.

We are requesting all visitors to these popular areas of the island make arrangements to visit either in the morning before the 12:00pm deadline or after the operation has completed at 3:00pm.

Anyone with questions may contact the Explosives Response Team Operational Supervisor, Sgt. Anthony I. Macaranas at (670) 483-5818.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - 05:06PM
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