LBC outlet robbery suspect falls

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


OPERATIVES from the Agora police scored anew when they arrested Sunday afternoon one of the two suspects who barged into an LBC outlet in Barangay Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City, early last week.

Agora Police Station chief Ivan Viñas said Harold Hongayo, 34, a resident of Bontong, Barangay Camaman-an, was apprehended in a manhunt operation at J.R. Borja Extension.

Confiscated from the suspect was a rambo knife allegedly used to scare the employees of the courier company.

The suspect, according to Viñas, was identified by the LBC-Gusa branch employees through a cartographic sketch, which was earlier presented to them by the police.

“The LBC employee even broke into tears while looking at the suspect, saying she was very positive that (Dunayo) was one of the suspects,” he told a local radio Tuesday.

Hongayo, along with still unknown companion, allegedly staged the robbery and carted away P5 thousand in cash.

One of the suspects also carried a handgun used during the robbery. They fled on board a red motorcycle with no plate number, police said.

LBC employee Charice May Regina earlier told police investigators that the two suspects entered LBC office and pretended to be clients.

Regina, who was alone when the robbery took place, told investigators the perpetrators declared a hold-up and asked her not to shout seconds after entering the establishment.

Regina said one of them jumped over the glass counter and took the company’s income of the day.

A video footage showed one of the robbers wearing a green jacket and covered his face with a handkerchief, while his companion had a blue shirt and ball cap.

Viñas said the descriptions of the two suspects have a semblance with those involved in previous robbery incidents in the city.

The Gusa branch was the third LBC outlet in Cagayan de Oro City to be robbed. Two previous incidents occurred in 2011 but police said no cases have been filed.

An LBC-Yacapin branch employee, who requested not to be named, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that they were happy to hear the development of the case but called on police to never stop until all the suspects are jailed.

Authorities are still hunting for the other suspect believed to be hiding in the city.

Hongayo is currently detained at the Maharlika police headquarters facing cases of illegal possession of deadly weapon and armed robbery.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 20, 2013.

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