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Father claims to cops that his son assaulted their niece


Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On April 17, 2024, a concerned father called the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) to report his son, who had allegedly assaulted a female individual.

The suspect was apprehended and later charged with:

Count 1: Assault in the Third Degree (DV) — a class A misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one (1) year, a fine of $1,000, or both.

The defendant’s bail was set at $1,000.

According to the affidavit, on April 17, at about 1:37 p.m., a man contacted the TPS regarding his son Raymond Siimou who caused a disturbance at their residence in Fagaima.

Police officers responded to the call and upon arrival observed the defendant sitting outside the house with what the officers said was blood on his hands. Officers then met with the victim who briefed them on what had happened.

The victim stated she was inside the house wiping the glass window and then she heard the defendant scare her daughter. She asked the defendant why he was scaring her daughter and the defendant said he was just playing. The victim stated as she was standing, the defendant walked up to her and slapped her in her face and punched her in the head several times. He also damaged the glass cabinet by punching it with his fist.

The defendant was apprehended and transported to TPS for further investigation.

At the station, the defendant was Mirandized and provided a statement.

According to the suspect, he was chilling outside with his son and then his niece came over. He explained that his niece was always scared when she sees him. He stated that his niece cried and ran to her mom.

He then heard his niece’s mom complaining and that's when he walked up to the victim, and asked her why she was complaining. He then slapped her in the face and punched her.

The defendant was transported to the Tafuna Correctional Facility to be confined until the next available sitting of the District Court.

The defendant is identified as a 30 year-old U.S National.