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MACHETE ATTACK

American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail is set at $5,000 for Afasene Hunkin who is charged with child abuse and third degree assault for allegedly punching his 11-year-old nephew and then striking the boy with the flat end of a machete. Hunkin, 29, made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old man who allegedly was walking around the Pava’ia’i area heading up the hill with a machete has been arrested by police and charged with 3rd degree assault and disturbing the public peace (PPD). Faamanatu Laloifi made his initial appearance in District Court...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is a repeat offender and has a long criminal history in the court system was arrested by police last week, for allegedly assaulting his wife using a machete. It’s been two weeks since police officers have been trying to locate the suspect pursuant to an arrest...
Afa Fuimaono outside of the Court after he was sentenced last Friday for using a machete to strike another man three times during a land dispute in December of last year. During sentencing, Chief Justice Michael Kruse pointed out that sadly the land belongs to neither men — yet the incident has had such a negative impact on both men's lives.  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “There are many non violent ways to mediate disagreements that can occur from land disputes in American Samoa, and a machete is not one of them.” This was the statement assistant attorney general Woodrow Pengelly gave to the Judges during the sentencing of a 48-year-old...