Lapu’s most wanted caught after 10 years of hiding

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LAPU-LAPU City’s most wanted person was arrested by law enforcers in Davao del Norte after a decade of running away from authorities.

Ritchelieu “Gaygay” Amodia, 42, who is charged for murder, was caught inside his house in Barangay Gredu, Panabo City at 12:45 p.m. last Friday.

Senior Supt. Ritchie Posadas, director of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7, said Amodia has a P90,000 cash reward for his capture.

The intelligence operatives of CIDG 7, in coordination with Panabo City Police Station, implemented the arrest warrant against the suspect.

The warrant was issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) 7 Branch 53 Judge Benedicto Cobarde against Amadio over the killing of Edward Cañares last Aug. 24, 2003.

Amadio shot to death Cañares in B.F. Homes, Barangay Abuno, Lapu-Lapu City.

Posadas, when interviewed by reporters, said the suspect hid in different places in Cebu before arriving in Davao Del Norte, where he worked as a driver.

The victim’s wife Caroline Cañares, in her letter complaint, said police investigators learned that Amodia has a string of criminal records and numerous arrest warrants for qualified theft and estafa in Mandaue City and robbery in Lapu-Lapu City.

The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office also identified Amodia, a native of Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, as the one who robbed several convenience stores in Barangay Datag and Mactan.

Caroline, in her letter, said Amodia allegedly shot and killed a taxi cab driver and ran off with the driver’s earnings.

The suspect also allegedly robbed a Japanese national, whose body was discovered hog-tied later. He also allegedly robbed an employee, whom he killed for putting up resistance.

Caroline said Amodia is a hardened criminal.

Posadas said the suspect is allegedly a member of a robbery group operating in Lapu-Lapu City.

“We are now checking if they are still active,” he said.

Amodia denied all the allegations.

“Dili na tinuod (It’s not true),” he said.

Amodia said he didn’t run away.

“Nitrabaho ko didto kay naa mi yuta didto (I worked on our property there),” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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