February 7, 2012
On Sunday morning Emie went missing after she finished working at Godfather's bar around 2:30 a.m. The Marianas Variety reports:
Natalie Ocon, Godfather’s cook, was first to be dropped off and Romero second, who lived nearby on Chichirica Ave.I assume that the FBI has questioned the "Bangladeshi neighbor" who must have been one of the last persons Emie was seen alive with on Sunday morning.
Ocon later phoned Romero to ask if they could meet and exchange bags they had mixed up in the taxi.
As Romero strode toward Ocon’s home she reportedly shouted “wait, wait” to the driver of a blue gray sedan parked on the grass close to St. Michael’s Emergency Medical Services at the corner of Chichirica Ave. and Kadena Di Amor St.
When Ocon asked Romero who was waiting for her in the car, she replied, “My Bangladeshi neighbor.”
After exchanging the plastic bags, Romero walked toward the parked car that was facing south.
“What’s that?” Ocon quoted the driver as saying to Romero as she sat down in the front passenger seat.
The car turned around and proceeded east by Garapan Market according to Ocon’s statement.
It was reported that after 3:00 a.m. Emie made a call to 911. Her only words were "Marianas Resort" and then the call went dead. I assume the DPS immediately went to check out this area?
Maybe the monster that did this to Emie was not a repeat offender, but Saipan has become more and more unsafe because most criminals are not severely punished in the CNMI unless they are tried in federal court. They receive sentences tantamount to a slap on the hand, write an "I'm sorry" letter to their victims and are back on the street in a short period of time (or they serve no jail time at all). How many dangerous convicts are running free on Saipan because they were given ridiculously lenient prison sentences or pardoned with the blessings of relatives or political allies in high positions?
Isn't it time that the people of the CNMI organize to protest the lack of enforcement of laws, failure to investigate cases, failure to prosecute offenders, unresolved cases, lenient sentences, and early parole or pardons for dangerous criminals? When will people protest convicted felons working in high positions in government offices or oppose monuments that honor felon officials, among others?
A cop brutally beats an innocent foreign worker and the CNMI Attorney General declares that it is "within the scope of his duties"; rapes go uninvestigated and unresolved; assaults and other crimes are ignored (especially if the victims are foreigners). Do people only care when it happens to them or to their families or friends? Where is the outrage? Saipan is not a safe or a peaceful place, despite what residents claim. The community should unite now to demand change in the name of Emie, the missing Luhk girls and the other hundreds of victims of unresolved and senseless crimes committed in the CNMI.