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In separate cases young man and young woman arrested for being rude to elders

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who is accused of being rude and disrespectful to his grandmother was ordered by the court to find another place to live while his matter is pending in court.

Police arrested Peniata Taase from his home on Monday last week, and he made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday.

Seelua is charged with public peace disturbance, a class B misdemeanor.

The court released him on his own recognizance, subject to certain conditions, including staying away from his home and his grandmother, and he has to find another place to stay while this matter is still pending.

“Do not go back to your grandmother or try to contact her. No phone call or any other form of communication. If you fail to comply with orders of the court, you will be rearrested and held in jail without bond,” the court told Taase.

Taase is scheduled to appear in court on May 22nd for his pretrial conference.

The government claims that on Apr. 20th around 12 p.m, a woman called Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) and asked for police assistance after her grandson Taase was very rude and disrespectful towards her. The grandmother stated to police that while she was yelling at her grandson, he turned around and started to jeer her with profane words in Samoan.

As the grandmother was giving her verbal statement, officers noticed that she didn’t look well.

EMS was then contacted to check on her and when they arrived and took her blood pressure, they then notified officers that they needed to take her in because her blood pressure was very high. However, the woman refused to go to the hospital saying she was waiting for her granddaughter to bring her medicine.

At the time of the argument, the victim’s granddaughter witnessed how her brother was trying to assault their grandmother. So the grandmother used a piece of wood for self defense — to protect herself.

Taase was booked and taken to the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) to be confined until the next sitting of the court. There was no alcohol involved.


Police arrested a young woman and held her at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for one night last month, for yelling at her mother during a verbal altercation between the two.

It was around 4:19 p.m on Mar. 22, 2021 when the TPS received a distress phone call from a female reporting that her 19-year-old daughter, Cathy Ameperosa  was yelling at her when she was asking about money that was missing from her car.

Several police officers responded to the call.

Upon arrival at the area in Petesa, officers could hear a girl yelling and arguing with someone. Officers then met with the female individual who was the reporter/ victim in the matter. According to the statement given to police, the woman asked her daughter about some money that was missing from the car because she was the one who took off with the car.

Her daughter turned around and was yelling at her that she did not know where the money was. She (defendant) then got into a verbal altercation with her mother and the defendant was making unreasonable noises and would not calm down and that alarmed the neighbors.

Officers apprehended the defendant at the scene, but during the apprehension, the defendant kept on yelling at her mother.

Ameperosa made her initial appearance in court last month. She is charged with public peace disturbance, a class B misdemeanor. She was represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson, while prosecuting the case was Assistant Attorney General Robert Morrison.

The court released Ameperosa on her own recognizance subject to certain conditions, including keeping the peace at her residence; remaining law abiding, and making all of her court appearances.