4 arrested for disturbing the peace incident in Garapan

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(DPS) — On Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at about 6:03 p.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a disturbing the peace incident taking place near the I Love Saipan store in Garapan. Police were dispatched to the scene.

Officers arrived on scene and confirmed the report. At the scene, police observed several individuals on the pathway holding wooden stakes attached to signs, protesting about ongoing issues happening in China. Police also noticed two individuals who appeared to be injured. Police requested for medical assistance for the two individuals who were later transferred to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment and further evaluation.

Police interviewed witnesses at the scene who stated that the first victim walked over to the group of protesters, and asked them to move out of the pathway.

Four individuals from the group assaulted the victim by hitting the victims’ face with the bottom of the wooden stake, before punching, and stomping on the victim. The second victim went over to try and stop the assault but was also injured by the same four individuals.

The first victim sustained a broken bone underneath the victim’s left eye and later received stitches for the small laceration. The second victim was also seen and was later released.

At the scene, police arrested Yuan Feng Kung, Ming Li, Xiao Wei Qin, and Yi Qun Jia. All four were transported to the Department of Corrections where they were booked and detained.

The CNMI Department of Public Safety highly encourages the public to call 911 anytime to report an emergency. Police officers are here to help you.

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