Cops nab carnappers, recover vehicle-A A +A
Saturday, October 6, 2012
JOINT forces of the Libertad Municipal Police Station in Misamis Oriental and the Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB) arrested three suspects who allegedly robbed a veterinarian in Cagayan de Oro City Thursday night.
Arrested were Jason Malasa, 30; Romel Abueva, 45, both residents of General Santos City; and Jeffray Roa, 40, a resident of Ramonal Street in Cagayan de Oro.
Police Inspector Henry D. Cay-as, station commander of Divisoria Police Station 1, told Sun.Star that the three suspects were apprehended in Libertad town on board a gray Mitsubishi Strada with plate number TIY-645 owned by Dr. Renato Naranjo, a veterinarian.
Police initial investigation showed that the three suspects barged inside the clinic of Naranjo located along Tiano-Kalambagohan Sts. around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Once inside, the suspects allegedly hogtied Naranjo and covered his mouth with a masking tape, including the veterinarian’s female helper.
Police said the suspects took the victim’s valuable belongings including his four expensive cellular phones amounting to P100,000, rings worth P16,000 and a wallet containing P2,000.
The three suspects later fled on board Naranjo’s vehicle toward the western part of the city.
However, upon reaching Libertad town, the suspects were apprehended by police operatives and were later turned over to Cagayan de Oro police.
Recovered from their possession were three caliber .45 pistols, several amount of money in different currencies, including the valuable things carted from Naranjo.
The victim’s vehicle was also recovered.
“We recovered many things from the possession of the suspects but not all of them were owned by Dr. Naranjo. We believed these belong to their other victims,” Cay-as said.
Upon investigation, the suspects admitted robbing Naranjo.
However, they declined to give further statement to reporters without the presence of their lawyer.
Latest information gathered by police showed that the identities of the two suspects matched with those involved in a recent carnapping incident in the city.
The suspects are now detained at the Maharlika Detention cell.
Cay-as said they will be filing charges against the suspects anytime today.(Annabelle L. Ricalde)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 06, 2012.