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Attempted vehicle break-in leads to arrest

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was apprehended by police after he allegedly tried to damage the door of a vehicle parked on the side of the road last week.

Kenneth Apisaloma made his initial appearance in court this week. He’s charged with 3rd degree property damage; attempted stealing and disturbing the public peace (PPD), all misdemeanors.

Bail is set at $500 cash bond. Pretrial conference is set for June 10th.

The government alleges that it was around 9p.m last Friday night, Aug. 21st when a woman contacted the Tafuna Police Substation for assistance after she realized that a man was trying to open the back door of a vehicle parked on the side of the road in the Tafuna area.

Two police officers responded and were able to see from a distance the location where the vehicle was parked. Officers also observed a man walking around the vehicle trying to look inside. The man was later identified as Kenneth Apisaloma, 29, the defendant in this matter.

Apisaloma fled the scene when he saw the police units and officers immediately chased and apprehended him. Apisaloma was intoxicated when he was arrested by police.

When asked why he was walking around the vehicle, Apisaloma told police that he was looking for money to pay for a taxi to go home. Apisaloma lives with his family in Ottoville.

According to police, the window of the passenger’s door was damaged when Apisaloma hit it with a rock.


Three years ago in 2017, Apisaloma was convicted of 3rd degree assault and property damage and sentenced to12 months probation.