Repeat offender arrested for disturbing the peace, other charges

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RYAN Rabauliman Pua, 34, was arrested on the evening of Feb. 13 after “making trouble” at an establishment and for attempting to “head-butt” a responding police officer.

According to the complaint, the incident happened at Saipan Vegas, which had banned Pua, but he continued to enter the establishment.

Previously, he was advised by employees to put on his shorts and not to bring his personal beer inside the bar.

Pua had also challenged a patron of the establishment to a fight when the patron refused to give the defendant money. “Give me a dollar or I’m going to beat you up,” Pua told the patron.

Prior to his arrest, Pua was asked by the responding police to leave the premises. The defendant replied: “You cannot tell me what to do.”

As he was being arrested, Pua tried to “head-butt” the officer while shouting and demanding to know the reason for his arrest.

At the Department of Corrections while he was being booked and detained, Pua told the officers there, “Just wait till I get out, I’m going to f***** kill you and your family!”

Police told the Superior Court that there is probable cause to charge Pua with disturbing the peace, assault and battery, and criminal trespass.

Last month, Pua was released after pleading guilty to assault and battery for which he served 60 days in prison.

Police said since his release, Pua has already been arrested four times for various offenses including disturbing the peace, misdemeanor theft, assault and battery, and criminal trespass.

Pua was brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan for a bail hearing on Tuesday.

Judge Bogdan imposed a $5,000 cash bail and remanded Pua to the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Pua was ordered to return to court on Feb. 27, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. for the preliminary hearing and on March 12 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

Assistant Public Defender Karie Comstock was appointed by the court to represent Pua, while Assistant Attorney General Steve Kessel appeared for the government.

In April 2017, Pua admitted to stealing a black pickup truck at an auto shop in Gualo Rai.

He was sentenced to the maximum term of five years imprisonment, but all suspended except for one year. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and was placed on two years’ probation, including 100 hours of community service.

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