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Man charged with PPD, resisting arrest released on his own recognizance

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An intoxicated man who was picked up by cops last Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 and charged with public peace disturbance and resisting arrest has been released on his own recognizance, under standard conditions.

Vaiula Akei made his initial appearance in District Court on Friday last week. His next court appearance is Oct. 22nd.

According to the government's case, the alleged disturbance occurred in Tafuna. When police arrived, Aleki who allegedly had fled was being chased down the roadside by two men. Cops pulled up alongside Aleki who "continued to walk away."

Court documents state that Aleki raised his hands up and continuously said that what he did was in self-defense. Cops noted that Aleki had sustained a laceration on his left eyebrow.

A witness told police that Aleki was drinking with some friends near the scene and when he walked into his uncle's home, he heard his girlfriend "laughing loudly" in the presence of others and this upset him.

Aleki’s friend and his son "attempted to calm" Aleki down but he "became more aggressive," according to the criminal complaint.

He ran out of the house when he heard his friend calling the police.

According to investigators, Aleki resisted when he was being handcuffed and he "attempted to flee but was blocked" by two officers.

Aleki was transported to the hospital via ambulance and treated in the LBJ Emergency Room before he was taken to the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF).

Aleki is not new to the court system having served 12 mos. probation in 2017 for assault, and was