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Man arrested for trespassing — found sleeping on the floor of house he allegedly broke into

American Samoa District Court

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On February 24, 2024, a woman walked in at the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) regarding a male individual who broke into her home and was sleeping on the floor.

The suspect was apprehended and charged with Count 1: Trespass — a class B misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of $500, or both.

The defendant’s bail was set at $500.

According to the affidavit, on February 24th, at about 5:55 pm, a woman walked into the TPS and filed a complaint against a male individual from her neighbor’s family unlawfully entering her house and sleeping inside their house, on the floor.

According to the reporter’s statement, when they arrived home at about 5:00 pm, she noticed someone lying on the floor. When she approaching the person, she found out it was Faatau Kome, from their neighbor’s family. The woman stated that Kome had usually stayed at their house before but due to missing items from their house and his taking all their food at home, he was not allowed to come near their house anymore.

The police officers proceeded to the scene following the reporter’s vehicle and upon arrival the reporter's son pointed them to the house. At the house, police officers observed a male individual lying on the floor inside of the house with no shirt. Officers woke him up and informed him that he had unlawfully entered the family’s home without consent.

Kome was apprehended and transported to the TPS for further investigation.

At the TPS, Kome was Mirandized in the Samoan Language where he said understood and signed the form.

Kome was booked and confined at the Tafuna Correctional Facility until the next available sitting of the District court.

Kome is identified as an 18 year-old, U.S National.