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Burglary, home invasion victims accuse DPS of losing evidence

“THERE are no records of your black shoes and wife’s green bag as evidence at Department of Public Safety…nor are there items that were secured that belong to you. Therefore, there is nothing that will be released to you from DPS.”

This was the email received by the victims of a burglary and home invasion from the Office of the Attorney General after they inquired about the belongings they said were taken by police investigators from their home as part of the investigation.

Daeyoung Huh, one of the victims, is now asking Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Naraja to transfer the evidence gathered by DPS to a federal prosecutor.

Huh stated that the AG’s office “dropped” two key pieces of evidence.

He said police found the “male victim’s black shoes and the female victim’s green bag in the trunk of the criminal’s car at the crime scene.”

He said these showed the connection between the Feb. 2017 burglary of his home and the Feb. 20 home invasion committed by Joaquin Crisostomo and Waedynne Maratita.

But Huh said the AG’s office gave up and chose to exclude these pieces of evidence.

He said se­ve­ral police officers also took photos of the victim’s neck which was bruised after Crisostomo tried to choke the victim.

Variety was unable to get a comment from the AG’s office.

On Feb. 20, 2017, police arrested Joaquin Reyes Crisostomo, 36, and Waedynne Cepeda Maratita, 26, in connection with the burglary and home invasion incidents.

Crisostomo was charged with burglary, assault, assault and battery, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace.

Maratita was charged with the same violations except for assault and battery. She has been accepted into the CNMI Drug Court program. If she completes its requirements, she will no longer be prosecuted.

As for Crisostomo, he pled guilty to assault and battery, and possession of a controlled substance and received a five-year prison sentence, all suspended except for 30 days. He was also given credit for 17 days of time already served so he will only spend 13 more days in prison.