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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man, identified as Eti Sioeli, allegedly went to his neighbor’s house in Nu’uuli on July 14, 2023, with a stick in his hand, and knocked on his neighbor’s door and asked her if “there was a problem.” The confused neighbor decided to ignore him, but the man turned around and started yelling and asking, “Anyone want to fight?”

At around 2p.m, Sioeli was still yelling in the area asking if anyone wanted to fight him, and neighbors then contacted the police station. Three days later, the same individual was causing a disturbance by throwing rocks at another neighbor's house and yelling profanities.

An eyewitness close to the victim and neighbors, called the police station, and when officers arrived he provided a written statement. The eyewitness said that he was hanging out with the neighbor and later went home to get some rest when he heard yelling from a distance and the voice sounded familiar.

The eyewitness said that his friend/ neighbor then came over asking for help regarding Sioeli who was causing a disturbance again in addition to throwing rocks at his home. The two neighbors were walking to the house while Sioeli was throwing rocks and they could hear him swearing and threatening both of them saying he would come and cut them with a machete.

The victim says that he was doing yard work and was caught off guard when he discovered Sioeli throwing rocks at his window. This neighbor alleges that Sioeli was yelling at him and directing him to “leave their home because it’s built on church land,” to which he did not pay any mind and walked over to his friend’s house for assistance in calling the cops.

After interviewing both neighbors, officers transported Sioeli to the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) where they Mirandized him and he provided a statement about the incident.

The defendant states that he was upset with the agreement that was made between himself and the eyewitness regarding the land they were living on.

Siolei stated that his daughter ran up to him and told him that the neighbor was planning to burn his house down — and that he did not know what to do so he had to find a way to protect his family and retaliated that way.

Siolei was booked and confined at Tafuna Correctional Facility (TCF). At his initial court appearance, Siolei was charged with the misdemeanor crime of public peace disturbance.

Bail is set at $500.

IAKOPO-PULENU’U SEKOPE

While conducting a routine inspection in the Tafuna area near the sports bar/ bowling alley on July 2, 2023 at 01:50a.m, officers ran into an individual walking and yelling Samoan profanities.

Officers approached the individual, later identified as Iakopo-Pulenu’u Sekope, and asked why he was being rowdy and swearing.Sekope stated that he was just heading home. Officers allegedly noticed that the individual had a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.

Afterwards, officers advised him to go straight home and to stop swearing and yelling — letting him off with a warning. Officers then left and continued their routine inspection, however, when they returned to where the individual was stopped an hour earlier and they allegedly observed him in a fist fight with another individual in front of the bus stop, in front of the Red Cross office.

Officers then intervened and stopped the confrontation and also apprehended the defendant, who was resisting arrest. Sekope was placed in a police unit and transported to TPS. When officers Mirandized Sekope, they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person.

Officers also interviewed the victim or person Sekope had been fighting, and he stated that he was just a taxi driver picking up his passengers that were in front of the bus stop when suddenly the defendant threw a can of beer, hitting his vehicle — allegedly starting the incident.

During his initial court appearance, Sekope was arraigned on 3 criminal counts — one for public peace disturbance, one for resisting arrest, and one for assault in the third degree.

Bail is set at $300.