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Police find fleeing suspect taking a little nap at a bus stop

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Pago Pago who fled from police officers was later apprehended after officers found him sleeping at a bus stop.

Desmond Tupa’i made his initial appearance in Court where he was released on his own recognizance to await his next hearing, which is now set for July 28th at 8:30a.m.

Tupa’i, who holds a valid immigration ID of PA status, is charged with public peace disturbance; resisting arrest and prohibited place of consumption, all misdemeanors.

The government alleges that on June 2th, 2020 around 9:50p.m. two police officers patrolling in a police unit in the Pago Pago area observed an unknown male who had thrown a beer bottle in front of Vaivao’s guest house.

The unknown male was later identified as Desmond Tupa’i, the defendant in this case.

Officers pulled over in front of the guest house in an effort to confront the male individual, however, the defendant fled the scene and he was pursued on foot by the two officers. He ran behind Vaivao’s guest house and shouted to the officers to come and get him.

Officers observed open beer bottles along with the empty beer bottles Tupa’i was throwing.

A few hours later, around 1:32a.m. the next morning, the same officers patrol saw the defendant sleeping at the bus stop next to the Pago Plaza in Pago Pago. Officers pulled over to apprehend the defendant, and when the defendant woke up, he resisted arrest and tried to run but officers quickly cuffed his hands and placed him inside the police unit.

Upon arrival at the police station, the defendant was observed as confused and did not cooperate with what the officers said. At the same time, the arresting officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol on the defendant’s breath. His eyes were also red.