CCTV footage belies victim’s claims-A A +A
Saturday, October 6, 2012
CITY Police Director Ricardo De la Paz said Friday that the claims of the pregnant woman that she was alleged hold-up last Wednesday did not happen at Amelia-Libertad Streets in Bacolod.
De la Paz said the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) has coordinated with the Philippine National Bank (PNB) Liberated Branch to retrieve the close circuit television (CCTV) camera on the alleged robbery hold-up of the seven-months pregnant, John Marie Sy, 23, a resident of Rosario Heights Subdivision, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City.
De la Paz said the statement of Sy to the police was different on what they have seen on the CCTV camera during the time of the incident.
Sy said she was allegedly held up by two unidentified co-passengers at Amelia-Libertad Streets, Barangay 40, Bacolod at 8 p.m. Wednesday while she boarded a public utility jeepney (PUJ) with route Mansilingan-Libertad.
Sy said the male passenger poked a knife in her stomach and declared hold-up while the female companion of the suspect opened her bag and took her P4,000 and ATM card, De la Paz said.
She added upon reaching Amelia-Libertad Streets, the suspects held her both arms and forced her to withdraw cash amount of P5,500 from the PNB Branch, De la Paz said.
The victim also claimed the suspects also took her groceries worth P1,000 and fled on board a tricycle going to Amelia Street.
De la Paz said when the operatives of Station 6 led by Police Chief Inspector Noel Polines checked the CCTV camera of PNB Branch, it showed that at 7:49 p.m., a pregnant woman alighted from the PUJ, walked alone to the PNB building, was seen talking to someone on her cellular phone, and was walking back and forth.
It was also observed that the pregnant woman did not withdraw money at the ATM and at 7:50 p.m., she left the building, De la Paz added.
He said they will again invite the alleged victim to explain why she reported to police that she was held up.
“If it is determined that she is telling a lie, we will file an appropriate charges against her,” De la Paz added. Merlinda A. Pedrosa
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 06, 2012.