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Access road dispute may result in additional charges

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Court has set bail at $200 for Galu Fono, who was taken into custody two weeks ago following an incident in Tafuna where he is alleged to have gone to his neighbor’s home with a kitchen knife, and also challenged people in the neighborhood to a fight.

Fono, who made his initial appearance in court late last month and will appear again this month, is charged with misdemeanor public peace disturbance (PPD).

The prosecutor says the government may file additional charges, as the police investigation continues on allegations of possible trespassing and making verbal threats.

If Fono is able to post bail, he is ordered not to bother his neighbor or attempt to set foot on their property. He is also not to make any direct or indirect contact with the neighbor.

Fono will appear in court again on Apr. 28th.

According to court information, the PPD charge stems from a disagreement between Fono and his neighbor over the access road used by both families.

The neighbor contacted police for assistance after Fono allegedly came to his house and used a knife in a threatening manner, in addition to making verbal threats to an elderly man of his family.

It’s alleged that Fono’s actions came after a drinking session he had with friends at his home.  When interviewed by police, Fono admitted that he had a kitchen knife and was making threatening statements to people in the neighborhood. He said he was just trying to prove a point to his neighbor, but he had no intention of hurting anyone.