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Alleged assault combined with marijuana charge lands man in court

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Tafeta was arrested by police last month for assaulting his young cousin at his cousin’s house during a verbal altercation. However, during his arrest, cops discovered drugs in his possession.

Alapati Wayne made his initial appearance in court last month. He’s charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and assault in the second degree, both felonies, along with trespass and public peace disturbing, both misdemeanors.

Bail is set at $10,000.


It was around 1:35p.m, Friday afternoon, Apr. 14, 2021 when the Leone Police Substation received a distress call from a man in Puapua requesting police assistance because his nephew (defendant) was causing a disturbance at their home by shouting profanities and making unreasonable noise and assaulting his son (victim). The father further stated to police that his nephew (defendant) had a knife in his possession and that he had just pointed the knife at his son’s neck

Several police officers responded to the call and talked with the father who reported the matter. The father told officers that his nephew (defendant) had fled to the bush near their home. The victim’s father further stated that minutes before the police arrived he heard the defendant yelling profanities while making his way to the back of their house.

Senior police officers with their firearms drawn proceeded on foot in the direction where the defendant had fled. The search for the defendant lasted 40 minutes before police discovered him about 70- 80 yards away from the victim’s home. Police found a concealed knife on the defendant when he was apprehended.

The defendant was later transported to the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) for further investigation.

When questioned, the victim’s father said that he and his wife had just arrived home and he was notified by his daughter that the defendant had just left their house after assaulting the victim. The daughter (victim’s sister) told her father that the defendant forced his way inside their house and started an argument with the victim. During the argument, the defendant struck the victim causing the victim to fall down. That’s when the defendant pulled out a knife from his pocket and put on the victim’s neck.

The defendant was transported to the TPS for questioning regarding the alleged incident. After being Mirandized, the defendant responded that he understood his rights and wanted to make a statement regarding the incident.

He told investigators that he was furious at his cousin (victim) because the victim came inside their house and scolded his mother and told his mother to leave the land. The defendant confirmed that the incident started because he had a verbal altercation with the victim at the victim’s house.

He claimed that he forced his way into the victim’s house after the victim refused to come outside to talk to him. He entered the house and saw the victim sitting on a chair inside the living room watching TV. He asked the victim why he came to his house and scolded his mother and told her to leave the land. The victim did not say a word. That’s when the defendant punched him in the face multiple times causing the victim to fall down. The defendant admitted that he pulled out a knife from his pocket and put it on the victim’s neck in an effort to threaten him.

Before the defendant was transported to the TPS for questioning, he was patted down for weapons. During the body search, officers discovered two small stamp baggies inside his pocket, containing green leafy substance.

When asked about the green leafy substance, the defendant told investigators that he got the drugs from a friend from Vaitogi. He further stated that he bought the drugs for $30 and every week, he got his stuff from his friend.

He said he used marijuana whenever he needed it. The green leafy substance was tested using the Levine Duquenois test kit and it later revealed positive results for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active compound in the controlled substance marijuana.