January 13, 2013
In any other U.S. locality a local law enforcement agency would not be allowed to employ officers who broke the law. In any other U.S. locality a local law enforcement agency could not hire or rehire personnel with criminal records. Yet, not only are there criminals in the CNMI Department of Public Safety (some extremely dangerous), but Governor Fitial has picked two brothers with criminal records to alternate in the position of acting DPS commissioner.
The federal government must step in and clean up this pig pen. Until then not one more federal cent should go there.
Police Officer Who Had Been Involved in Previous Domestic Abuse Case Shoots Girlfriend, Himself
|Josef P. Deleon Guerrero|
Yesterday DPS officer Josef Deleon Guerrero shot his girlfriend then he shot himself with his government issued handgun. Deleon Guerrero is dead and his girlfriend is "in critical but stable condition" at the Commonwealth Health Center. She was reportedly shot in the shoulder.
The crime took place at True North Bar and Grill owned by Acting Police Commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro.
In September 2011 Deleon Guerrero was involved in another domestic dispute. During that incident his girlfriend, Jenypy Naim Sambile, took his firearm while they were arguing at a picnic table at his residence. Deleon Guerrero reportedly put Sambile in a choke hold to make her release the gun, a .99m pistol. Police Officer Norris Kwon was said to have witnessed the incident.
It is unclear from the article if an internal investigation was conducted to determine why the gun was unsecured and just how Sambile was able to seize it. Investigators claim that Sambile found the gun inside a storage bin.
Apparently the DPS did not investigate domestic violence charges against the police officer in the July 21, 2012 incident. From the Saipan Tribune:
On Aug. 3, Aldan called Sambile for an interview about the case, but she told him he should not talk to her because she never called 911 and that she never filed any complaint against Deleon Guerrero for any domestic violence.The article also states:
A police report by detective Peter A. Aldan states that an off-duty police officer had contacted Patrol field supervisor John Mendiola on July 31 at 2:55am to inform him about a domestic dispute involving Sambile and her boyfriend, Deleon Guerrero, who was then off-duty, at their residence. When a police officer arrived at the residence, Deleon Guerrero was no longer there, Aldan said.Perhaps if a police investigation had been conducted on domestic violence charges, the latest incident would not have occurred.
Sambile was charged with assault and battery and disturbing the peace. She was identified as a government employee and a martial arts competitor in a September 8, 2011 article. It is not clear if she is the same girlfriend that Delon Guerrero shot yesterday.
It is scary that in the CNMI so many law enforcement officers and public servants are arrested for criminal activity. What's scarier is that too many of them are reinstated, only to commit crimes again. The CNMI law enforcement agencies must hold the record for the number of officers arrested for criminal activities in any community of its size on U.S. soil - maybe even in any community.
All of the corruption must be embarrassing and frustrating for any DPS law enforcement official who possesses good character, is law abiding and is a true public servant.
It is obvious that the DPS is a tool for the corrupt administration. Instead of appointing a commissioner with intelligence and integrity like Officer Jason Tarkong, Governor Fitial has continually appointed mafia-type thugs like Ramon Mafnas, Ambrosio Ogumoro and Aniceto Ogumoro.
The following is a list of some former and present Department of Public Safety and Department of Corrections law enforcement officials who have been arrested or committed non-prosecuted criminal acts over the last 10 or so years (updated from a previous post):
- December 2012 - An unnamed Saipan police officer pulls over a teenage motorist, pulls a gun on her and swears at her.
- October 2012 Saipan Officer Jesus Cepeda was accused of sexual assault of a minor. His girlfriend, Saipan Police Officer Rhonda John fired off rounds from a DPS issued firearm in a domestic abuse. Both remain on the police force. According to KSPN DPS did not take the shells for evidence or investigation.
- August 2012 - Saipan Police officer assaults reporter Tina Sablan at the Saipan International Airport. No charges were filed by the OAG or any other law enforcement agency.
- August 2012 - Governor orders high level DPS personnel, including DPS Deputy Police Chief Ambrosio Ogomuoro, DPS Acting Commissioner Aniceto Ogomuro, Commonwealth Ports Authority Police Chief Jordan Kosam and Governor Fitial's driver, Police Captain Jermaine Nekaifes to assist Attorney General Edward Buckingham in fleeing from Saipan to avoid being serve a penal summons.
- July 2012 Saipan Police Officer Elias Saralu assaulted a family member who was taken to the hospital for treatment. He remains on the police force.
- June 2012 - Sexual harassment suit filed against DPS Director Aniceto Ogomuro by an administrative officer at DPS.
- May 2012 - Saipan Police Sergeant Vicente Tagabuel arrested for domestic violence. In December 2011 he was charged by the OAG with theft of utilities. He remains employed at DPS.
- March 2012 - Employees of the CNMI Motor Vehicles Bureau filed an EEOC complaint and a complaint to the CNMI Civil Services Commission concerning threats, intimidation, and bullying by Police Commissioner Ramon Mafnas.
- March 2012 - DPS Commissioner Ramon Mafnas accused of illegally seizing the drivers license of 8 to 10 foreign workers. OAG, U.S. DOJ and Civil Rights Division fail to investigate.
- September 2011 - DPS Commissioner Ramon Mafnas threatened to arrest a Korean dive instructor at the Grotto. Instead of being investigated and prosecuted by the OAG, Governor Fitial appointed him to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.
- September 2011 - DPS Commissioner Ramon Mafnas threatened to shoot a guard at Suicide Cliff. Instead of being investigated and prosecuted by the OAG, Governor Fitial removed him as DPS Commissioner and appointed him to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.
- August 2011 - Police Officer 2 Jerome Agulto Reyes was arrested for assault and battery, disturbing the peace, assault, and child abuse.
- July 2011 - Saipan Police Officer 1 Gordon O. Seman arrested for beating up his wife at their Dandan home.
- July 2011 - Former Saipan Police Sergeant Hillary Tagabuel arrested for beating up his girlfriend and charged with assault and battery, disturbing the peace, and criminal mischief. He was previously arrested for insurance scams.
- June 2011 - DPS Commissioner Ramon Mafnas threatened a guard at the Bird Island Lookout. Instead of being investigated and prosecuted by the OAG, Governor Fitial appointed him to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.
- October 2010 - Police Officer Jesse Dubrall brutally beats an innocent Chinese foreign worker in a botched drug raid. Instead of being arrested and removed from the force he is given a job at the Office of the Public Audiotr. In 2012 he was reinstated as an officer in DPS.
- September 2010 - Saipan Police Officer Jesus Cepeda sued by MPLT for an unpaid loan, interest and fees. The officer was previously charged in a car insurance scam, but was apparently kept on the force.
- July 2010 - Officer James Deleon Guerrero filed a formal complaint against Police Commissioner Ambrosio Ogomoro alleging harassment, intimidation and illegal hiring practices.
- July 2010 - Saipan Patrol Officer Florencio Richards arrested for the trafficking of methamphetamine (ice)
- June 2010 - Police Officers Jerome Reyes and Regino Celis are being sued by Alejandro L. Norita (now paralyzed from the neck down) for police brutality -assault and battery, emotional distress, violation of civil rights, negligence, unjust enrichment, and unlawful conversion. They told him they were going to kill him, beat him and stole his car after a car accident.
- July 2010 - Police Officer Frankie S. Pangelinan used excessive force in the false arrest of two men. He was charged in March 2011 with deprivation of rights under color of law (excessive force), deprivation of rights under color of law (false arrest), and deprivation of rights under color of law.
- June 2010 - Saipan Corrections Officer Tyron Farley Reyes Fitial arrested for sexually assaulting a minor detainee
- May 2010 - Tinian Police Officer 1 Gilbert Macaranas arrested for trafficking methamphetamine (ice)
- April 2010 - Saipan Office of Public Auditor's chief investigator Juan M. Santos arrested for manufacture, sale or possession of firearms and dangerous devices; failure to show an identification card prerequisite to purchase, possession and use; and possession.
- March 2010 - Police Officer 1 Kelani Vincent Pangelinan of the Patrol Section assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, criminal mischief, disturbing the peace, illegal possession of firearms, kidnapping, and sexual assault in the first degree.
- March 2010 - Saipan Firefighter Dewain Borja arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery (reinstated)
- January 2010 - Tinian Police Officer Jason N. Ayuyu two counts of sex abuse of a minor in the first degree
- December 2009 - Unnamed Saipan police officer pointed a gun at a farmer
- November 2009 - Saipan Detective Christopher Leon Guerrero arrested for extortion
- November 2009 - Saipan Sgt. Joseph Agulto arrested for beating up his girlfriend and charged with assault and battery, and disturbing the peace
- October 2009 - Saipan Corrections Officer Jesse R. Babauta arrested for two counts of assault and battery, one count of assault, one count of interfering with a domestic violence report, and one count of criminal coercion (previously arrested and reinstated)
- September 2009 - Former Police Officer Victor Val Borja Hocog was charged with assault and battery, attempted kidnapping, kidnapping, assault and battery, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He went into Senator Paul Manglona's office and beat up his ex-girlfriend.
- August 2009 - Saipan Florencio Q. Richards accomplice in a burglary and theft case (reinstated and rearrested)
- August 2009 -Saipan Corrections Sergeant Arnold Kaipat Seman arrested for beating up an inmate with charges of misconduct in public office, and assault and battery (reinstated and promoted)
- August 2009 - Saipan Corrections Officer II Manuel Quitano arrested for beating up an inmate with charges of misconduct in public office, assault and battery and obstruction of justice
- August 2009 - Saipan Firefighter Combiniano Taisakan arrested for theft and possession or removal of government property. (Reinstated)
- July 2009 - Saipan Customs officer Ramona M. Magofna, unlawful carrying of a firearm, carrying a firearm under the influence of alcohol, and disturbing the peace
- June 2009 - Saipan Police Officer Christopher Deleon Guerrero charged by federal officials with extortion.
- March 2009 - Saipan Police Officer John Kaipat Wabol, Jr. beating his common-law wife and threatening to shoot her with his service firearm, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace. (reinstated)
- March 2009 Peter R. Reyes, Jr., Fitial's bodyguard, a DPS employee, was arrested for dealing ice.
- January 2009 Corrections Officer Jesse Babauta assaulted Quirino Adlaon at the DOC. Adlaon was falsely arrested the next day by DPS officers.
- November 2008 - Saipan Police Officer Nick Leon Guerrero arrested for allegedly firing his personal gun and assaulting his brother (reinstated)
- July 2008- Saipan Sgt. Hillary Tagabuel - conspiracy to commit theft by deception in insurance fraud.
- November 2007 - Rota Police Sgt. Steve M. Mendiola arrested for pointing a gun at his common-law wife and threatening to kill and charged with attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.
- July 2007 - Saipan Police Officer 2 Misael L. Romolor was charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the 4th degree.
- June 2007 - Saipan Corrections Officer Jesse R. Babauta arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace (reinstated and rearrested)
- June 2007 - Ja Elliot-Park filed a federal lawsuit against DPS Police Officers Jarrod Manglona, Michael Langdon, Anthony Macaranas, four unnamed DPS personnel charging them with forming a conspiracy to destroy evidence in the collision that destroyed her car that was caused by an intoxicated local motorist. Her federal lawsuit sued the officers for conspiracy to violate civil rights, conspiracy to obstruct justice, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.
- March 2007 Tinian Police Officer Vicente N. Cruz two counts of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief, and disturbing the peace and violating an order for protection for domestic violence against his wife
- January 2007 Saipan unnamed Police Sergeant strangled and beat his wife and was charged with assault and battery, assault, and disturbing the peace
- November 2006 Probation Officer Robin Norita Sablan arrested for theft and foregery stole money from numerous probationers by collecting money from them and issuing fake receipts.
- June 2006 Customs Officer John Reyes Lizama assault and battery, criminal trespass, and disturbing the peace.
- May 2006 Saipan Corrections Officer John Lairopi William assualting a minor inmate and charged with assault and battery, and misconduct in public office
- March 2006 Tinian Police Sergeant Pedro B. Cepeda selling methamphetamine or “ice” Previously arrested for assaulting another police officer and a woman in October 2005 and in February 2004 for one count of sexual assault in the second degree, two counts of assault and battery, one count of disturbing the peace, one count of illegal carrying of a firearm, two counts of criminal mischief, one count of misuse of government vehicle, one count of resisting arrest, one count of obstructing justice, one count of reckless driving, and one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
- February 2006 - Saipan Police Shooting Range Master Ambrosio T. Ogumoro arrested on charges of assault and battery, illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of ammunitions. He was not chraged for threatening to blowup the police station and for threatening to kill Governor Fitial (record expunged in 2008 and he was reinstated)
- February 2006 - Saipan Police Captain Aniceto T. Ogumoro arrested on charges of two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a weapon without proper registration, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition. The case was dismissed because of improper search warrants, evidence was suppressed. (reinstated)
- October 2005 - Saipan Police Officer Kui Rogopes on charges of misconduct in public office and accessory-after-the-fact in connection with the criminal case against one Daniel Kintaro Santos. Rogopes was given one year probation for obstruction of justice.
- January 2005 - Saipan Police Detective Eric John Tudela Mafnas stealing seized drugs and selling them, charged with legal use of public supplies, services, time, and personnel; theft; and theft by deception
- January 2005 - Saipan Police Detective Charley K. Patris stealing seized drugs and selling them, charged with legal use of public supplies, services, time, and personnel; theft; and theft by deception
- January 2005 - Saipan Police Officer Edward Maritita illegal use of public supplies, services, time, and personnel; theft; and theft by deception
- December 2004 Saipan Police Detective Juan R. Limes arrested for charges of disturbing the peace and assault and battery in two separate incidents
- September 2004 - Police Officer II Edward C, Maritita was charged with illegal use of public supplies, services, time, and personnel; theft; and theft by deception.
- September 2003 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Officer Richard S. Benavente was charged with contempt for violating a restraining order and engaging in a car chase of his former girlfriend.
- February 2003 - Saipan Police Officers Stanley Kintaro Patris, Anthony Leon Guerrero Cruz, Nick Masga Reyes and Felix Jonathan Maratita Camacho were arrested for assault and battery for beating up inmates at the DOC.
- August 2002 - Former Saipan Police Officer Riang Yosino was charged with assaulting two female movie goers.
- March 2002 - Saipan Police Officer Riang Yosino was charged with eight counts in a hit and run accident that involved a police car.
- March 2001 - Police Chief Delbert R. Sablan charged with theft of federal money. Between December 1999 and September 2000, he stole $8,000 that was meant for undercover drug operations.
- July 2000 Police Officer Fidel Santos Atalig, Jr. was charged with beating up his wife and another police officer.
If you look in the papers' archives (if you have the patience to navigate them), you will see hundreds of stories titled, "ex-convict arrested," which may indicate that the CNMI laws are very weak, that the judges give out lenient sentences, or both. Nepotism and political favors play a role in the criminals being released early or officers with criminal records being reinstated.
Judges have handed down sentences that are so insignificant that a slap on the hand would be more of a consequence. Prisoners that have been convicted of violent crimes have routinely received weekend furloughs. There is a pattern of reinstatement of rogue police officers with the governor's blessing.
Obviously the poor quality of personnel has affected job performance. The number of unsolved cases is staggering. Burglaries, assaults, rapes, and murders remain unsolved; some are never investigated.
Parole, probation or commutation of sentences for criminals who clearly should be behind bars is common place. There was massage gate, gun gate and parole gate, violations of the Hatch Act by personnel at the OAG and DPS. More recently high ranking local law enforcement officials were involved in aiding and abetting the escape of fugitive former AG Edward Buckingham and the assault by DPS personnel on KSPN reporter Tina Sablan.
Urgent action must be taken to end the corruption. Until the corrupt CNMI law enforcement agencies are cleaned up and reform is in place, they should not receive one more federal dollar.