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Man accused of slashing his wife’s tires charged with property damage

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who allegedly slashed two tires on his wife's truck has been arrested and charged with third degree property damage.

Michael Tivoli made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a 'not guilty' plea to the single charge against him.

The court ordered Tivoli to be released on his own recognizance, and a pretrial conference is set for April 20

Conditions of release include maintaining peace at home and being law abiding. Tivoli is not to leave or attempt to leave the territory, without the court's permission.

He is also not to "harass, assault, annoy, or disturb the well-being of any members of his household."

According to the government's case, the TPS received a call for assistance from the defendant's wife, who claimed that Tivoli was intoxicated and yelling profanities at home.

The woman told police that Tivoli was looking for the car keys and when she said she didn't know where they were, he allegedly left the room, grabbed a knife, and proceeded to slash two tires on the family's truck.

Investigators note that the truck is registered under the victim's name, as sole owner. According to what the victim told police, Tivoli had also been drunk and unruly the night before, and she contacted police because she wants him to stay away.

The criminal complaint notes that Tivoli "reeked of alcohol from a distance".