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Public peace disturbances lead to arrest of two in separate incidents

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who refused to leave Lions Park after curfew and allegedly yelled profanities at police officers made his initial appearance in District Court this past Monday.

Elekana Robinson is charged with public peace disturbance for an incident that occurred last Saturday, April 6th.

According to police, a crowd had formed at Lions Park after curfew and police were there to disperse the gathering.

Everyone complied except for Robinson, who allegedly yelled profanities and refused to leave. He is alleged to have cussed at the cops and told them to turn their lights off.

Robinson was booked and taken into custody for disturbing the peace.

Police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Robinson's breath.

During court proceedings, an Immigration officer revealed that Robinson's ID expired Feb, 8, 2019.

Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde released Robinson on his own recognizance, into the custody of the Immigration Office.

A pretrial conference is set for May 9th.


A man who did not have his Immigration ID on him when police picked him up for behaving unruly at a local nightclub made his initial appearance in District Court this past Monday.

Joseph Falealo has been released on his own recognizance and a pretrial conference is set for May 3rd. He is charged with public peace disturbance.

Conditions of release are standard. In addition, Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Lanfkilde has ordered Falealo to stay away from the Bowling Alley in Tafuna.

According to the government's case, it was around 2a.m Sunday morning, while the crowd was leaving the club, that police observed Falealo "flinging a glass cup across the floor," according to court documents.

Police were standing 50 yards away, carrying out their regular duties of ensuring that everyone exits the premises safely, and looking out for any criminal activities in the process.

According to police, they could hear Falealo "being loud and belligerent towards the security guards," even arguing with them. When police pulled him aside and asked about his nationality, Falealo told them he was born in Samoa. But he didn't have his ID on him, as "required by law".

Investigators noted in their report that under section 41.0310 (certificate — personal possession required) every alien 18 years old and older "shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to this chapter."

Furthermore, "any alien who fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor" and "if after a hearing the Board finds a violation of this section, the alien shall also be subject to deportation or imposition of a fine up to $500."