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Ex-cop arrested for assaulting girlfriend

EDWARD Hans Babauta Pua, 37, was arrested on Valentine’s Day for assaulting his girlfriend after she refused to let him see her cellphone.

A former police officer, Pua was charged with kidnapping, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

Police said on Feb. 14, 2019, at around 2 a.m., Pua forced the victim to stay inside his car as he drove north to Marpi. Inside the car, Pua accused his girlfriend of having an affair and assaulted her, police added.

Police officers stationed at te Marianas Base Camp — the former Mariana Resort —  heard the victim shouting for help.

The victim was “observed with swelling to the left and right side of her face, slight swelling on her lips, multiple bruising on her left and right arms, and above her chest area, right side.”

The victim told police that on Feb. 13, 2019, at about 9:30 p.m. Pua arrived at her house and asked her to drink beer with him. He said she had a beer with Pua but went to her bedroom when her brother arrived. While in her bedroom she texted Pua to tell him that she was going to bed.

At around 1:30 a.m., she said Pua asked her to come outside. He then invited her to sit in his car where he asked her to give him her cell phone. When she refused, he became upset, and accused her of having an affair. She said he hit her mouth with his hand, and that this incident was witnessed by her 17-year-old daughter.

She said because Pua was holding her arm tightly she could not get out of the car. With his left hand, he then shifted the gear into drive.

She said she told Pua to let go of her arm, but he refused and sped off. “Now I’m going to show you,” she quoted him as telling her.

She said Pua drove south before turning northbound when he reached I-Mart.

She said Pua continued to accuse her of having an affair while punching her head about six to eight times.

The victim said she managed to reach for the gear and shifted it, causing the car to slow down. She said she steered the wheels of the car to the left, causing the car to turn left into a grassy area.

She said when the car came to stop in front of the gated area of the former Mariana Resort, she got down and began shouting for help as she ran north toward the entrance.

She then felt a blow to the back of her which caused her to fall to the ground.

She said Pua told her to get up and as soon as she got up, she tried to run, but Pua pulled her hair and she fell backwards and ended up back on the ground.

She said Pua began punching her with both his hands on her head before pulling her hair as he dragged her back to his car.

According to the victim, Pua tried to push her inside the car, but she refused to get in. She said Pua then tried to carry her into the car and told her, “Babe, get in the car because there are people here already.”

The victim said when she saw someone with a flashlight she shouted for help.

On Feb. 15, 2019, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $25,000 cash bail on Pua who posted 10 percent of the amount or $2,500. He was then released to a third-party custodian, his mother.

Pua was ordered by the court to have no direct or indirect contact with the victim or her 17-year-old daughter who witnessed the assault.

Represented by attorney Rosemond B. Santos, Pua waived a preliminary hearing, and will return to court on Feb. 25, 2019 at 9 p.m. for his arraignment.

Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Robert Glass Jr. appeared for the government at the hearing on Feb. 15, 2019.