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Judge finds probable cause to charge man who threw machete at cop

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho found probable cause in the case of a 22-year-old man accused of breaking into a house in Chinatown, throwing a machete at an officer, and threatening to kill him.

After hearing testimony from a police officer and a detective at Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, Judge Camacho said there is probable cause to charge Kition Emor with assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of disturbing the peace.

But the judge dismissed the charges of criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and additional two counts of disturbing the peace without prejudice. The prosecution can re-file the charges.

Emor appeared in the custody of the Department of Corrections and was represented by Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig. A Chuukese translator was also appointed for Kition.

Assistant Attorney General Robert C. Lee appeared for the government.

 According to the information filed by the Office of the Attorney General, Emor threatened and attempted to cause bodily injury to a police officer with a machete.

Emor likewise caused damage to the property of a landowner by breaking windows and a sliding door, the AG’s office said.

At the hearing, Hartig asked whether the defendant needed a translator when the police were questioning him.

Police Officer 1 Ikluk Masayos and Detective Ernest Sablan Jr. testified that Emor communicated with them in English.

Police said Emor was “obviously intoxicated” at the time of the incident.

 Police were looking for Kition after he crashed the car he was driving into another vehicle and then left the scene of the accident, Variety was told.