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2nd defendant in burglary case released to third-party custodian

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SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo has granted the request of Rollin Ulechong Skang to be released to his older brother as his third-party custodian.

Skang and co-defendant Maynard Dela Cruz are accused of burglarizing the Division of Parks and Recreation office in As Perdido.

Skang, represented by attorney Sean Frink, has requested the court to reduce the $20,000 cash bail to $5,000 and allow the defendant’s brother to post 10% of the reduced bail.

Judge Govendo granted the request and reduced the cash bail to $5,000. He also ordered Skang to be released to his brother upon posting $500.

The judge imposed a curfew of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Skang and a no-contact order with Dela Cruz.

Skang was also ordered to return to court for a status conference hearing on Nov. 10.

Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas, who represented the government, initially opposed the release of Skang to the brother after she learned that the brother was arrested for a disturbance. But after learning that he has no criminal record, she did not object further.

The third-party custodian told Barcinas that he will call 911 if his brother does not comply with the court-ordered release conditions.

The Theft Apprehension Select Coalition Task Force or TASC under the CNMI Department of Public Safety identified Dela Cruz and Skang as the perpetrators after an informant provided information regarding individuals selling equipment that was reported stolen.

Dela Cruz and Skang were both charged with conspiracy, burglary, and theft.

Dela Cruz’s motion for bail modification  was also granted by the court and he was released to his aunt as third-party custodian on Sept. 15, 2020.

On Aug. 17, DPS received a call regarding a burglary and theft at the Parks and Recreation office where five brush-cutters, a battery pack, a blower, and a container of gas were reported missing.


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