VIDEO: Saipan Police Free Boy Held Hostage, Arrest Father


Saipan – Police on Saipan rescued a 10-year-old boy after he was allegedly held hostage by his father in their house in Kagman for seven hours.


The Saipan Tribune reports that Herman Tudela Jr. barricaded himself in the house with his son after refusing to be served with an arrest warrant for allegedly threatening to kill a neighbor and her family.

Eight members of the police’s Tactical Response Enforcement Team swooped into the one-story studio-type house at 2:48am and arrested the 39-year-old Tudela and rescued his son. Both were sleeping when police barged into the house.

No gunshot or explosive was fired during the rescue operation and police recovered an airgun near the door.

Tudela used to work as a field technician for the NMI Council for the Humanities.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho imposed only a $2,000 cash bail on Tudela for probable cause as to the charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. He ruled that no kidnapping occurred as witnesses said even Tudela’s son was protective of his father.