04 Jan 2019
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
LUCIO Litulumar Saures was arrested for knocking out his girlfriend with a punch in the face during a heated argument on New Year’s Day.
Saures, 48, was charged with assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.
At a bail hearing on Thursday afternoon, Superior Court Associate Judge Kennth L. Govendo reduced Saures’ bail from the initial $10,000 to $5,000.
Saures will be released if he could post 10 percent of the $5,000 bail, the judge said. Once released, Saures is required to stay away from and avoid contact with the victim and their 14-year-old son.
Saures was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections and ordered to return to court on Jan. 9, 2019 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing and on Feb. 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.
Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig was appointed as Saures’ counsel while chief prosecutor Michelle Harris appeared for the government.
Police stated that they responded to a reported disturbance in Garapan at 3:29 a.m. on Jan. 1.
The victim told police that she was sitting with her children on the curb by the road waiting for the New Year’s countdown when her boyfriend, Saures, arrived at 10 or 11 p.m. and started arguing with her.
The victim said they went to the backside of the apartment complex so no one would see them arguing. But she said Saures got angrier and punched her once on her face.
Their 14-year-old boy told police that as soon as Saures and his mother walked away from the apartment and crossed the street, the boy followed from behind unnoticed.
The boy said he saw Saures punched his mother on the face causing her to lose consciousness, and left her on the ground. Saures then took the children, including the 14-year-old boy.
Police said at 4:20 p.m. on the same day, they met with the victim and found a big bump on her top left forehead with purple bruising. Her left eye was shut closed, police added.
Saures was arrested on the same day.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109797-man-arrested-for-punching-girlfriend-in-the-face