Man fighting for his life at the LBJ
Tito Mamea and Arona Arona are each held on bail of $35,000. They are facing charges of assault second degree, public peace disturbance, and third-degree assault.
This is in connection to a fight on a fishing boat where the Captain suffered severe injuries and was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit.
He is fighting for his life.
The defendants made their initial appearance in the District Court this week. According to court filings, on July 31, 2023, Port Security dropped off Arona Arona at the Central Police Station in Fagatogo and reported that crew members were fighting on the Fetu ole Moana fishing boat.
Arona said that he and Mamea were drinking and dancing when the Captain punched him, and that's when they assaulted him.
The victim's son told Police he was in the room when he heard a commotion coming from the front of the boat and noticed his father lying on the floor while Mamea and Arona were standing by the Captain holding steel pipes.
They threw him with the steel pipe, and he quickly jumped off the boat, swam away from the boat, and returned to the wharf towards the Port Securities for assistance.
According to the medical report, the victim suffered a five-centimeter laceration extending through all five scalp layers of his head and was admitted to the ICU.