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Man arrested for multiple charges including assault with a dangerous weapon

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(DPS) — On Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at about 6:15 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call reporting an ongoing dispute in Kagman.

The caller also stated that the individual was driving a blue sedan. 

At about 6:30 p.m., an officer arrived at the scene and met with the victims. The officer quickly noticed a vehicle nearby had been repeatedly struck by a large object. The officer reported his findings to DPS central dispatch and continued to interview the victims.

Vicente Basa

One of the victims told police that the suspect arrived at their residence and introduced himself as Ben Basa. He asked the victims if he could borrow their vehicle to attend a family meeting. The victims asked Basa if he had a driver’s license. Basa responded that he would be borrowing someone’s license as he drove off with the vehicle. The victims then got into another vehicle and followed Basa to Kagman. One of the victims got down and told Basa that it made no sense to borrow someone's driver's license and if he didn't have a driver's license he shouldn’t be driving. Basa then asked the victims what their problem was and asked if they wanted to “fight” as he punched one of the victims.

Basa then got into the blue sedan and attempted to run the victims over. Before the suspect fled the scene he had ran into a Hyundai Elantra parked near the scene. The vehicle was later found near the area with no sight of Basa. Another officer conducting patrol around the area located Basa and brought him to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment of his injuries. Around 8 p.m., Basa was placed under arrest for disturbing the peace, assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and criminal mischief. He was transported to the Department of Corrections where he was booked and confined.

Please call 911 anytime to report a crime or an emergency. Your CNMI law enforcement officers care for the health and well-being of you and your family.

 

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