US Peace Corps volunteer robbed

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Friday, February 7, 2014


A FEMALE volunteer of the United States Peace Corps was robbed by an unidentified man around 7 p.m. Tuesday along the area of 25th Calamba Street, Barangay 1 in Bacolod City.

Kathy Gavitt, 58, who is from New York, is temporarily staying at Mountain View Subdivision in Barangay Mandalagan.

The incident prompted Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, director of Western Visayas Police Regional Office, to order Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city police director, to conduct an investigation.

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Supt. Jefferson Descallar, deputy for operation of Bacolod City Police Office, said Gavitt was held up Tuesday night, but she reported the incident to Police Station 2 late Wednesday morning.

She told the police that while she was walking at 25th Calamba Street, a robber on board a motorcycle pointed a bladed weapon at her and took her backpack and purse.

Her bag contained a cellular phone, P900 cash, bank cards, New York driver’s license as well as her reading glasses, computer tablet, umbrella and food.

Gavitt said the robber fled towards Lacson Street.

Descallar said Police Station 2 chief, Senior Inspector Jovil Sedel, has already been instructed to conduct a thorough investigation to identify and arrest the suspect.

He said police station commanders were reminded to intensify their visibility patrol activities to preempt the operation of lawless elements especially in dark areas.

The police also encourages victims of robbery hold-up to report the incident to the police immediately, he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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