A LEADER of a notorious robbery group in Bacolod City was arrested in a stakeout operation at 13th-Lacson Streets in Barangay 7 early Monday morning, October 2.
Police identified the suspect as Alex “Rondoy” Barredo, 24, of Antonio Luna Street in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City.
Chief Inspector Benedicto Villarias Jr., head of Police Station 2, said Barredo tried to escape while on a motorcycle when he was flagged down by police.
Barredo fired at the police operatives. He was cornered and arrested around 4:30 a.m.
Recovered from him were a .38 caliber revolver and five ammunition, a hand grenade, and three sachets of suspected "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride).
He was charged for violation of the Commission on Elections gun ban and Republic Act 10591 or Comprehensive Firearms and Regulation Act as well as for RA 9516 for illegal possession of explosives and violation of RA 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Multiple robbery hold-up charges will also be filed against him.
Eight victims have identified him as suspect in hold-up incidents in the cities of Bacolod, Silay and Victorias.
Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, acting director of Bacolod City Police Office, said it is a big accomplishment for the city police force to apprehend the notorious robber.
He said that Barredo is also involved in carnapping incidents.
Wanky said they are continuously monitoring other members of the “Rondoy” robbery group composed of at least 10 members.
Wanky urged other victims to visit Police Station 2 to check if the same suspect victimized them.
Barredo, who was presented by the police to the media Monday, said in an interview he is not associated with the Arnold “Aki” Cuadra robbery group.
The suspect admitted victimizing the three visiting professors in Villamonte Village two weeks ago.
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He added that he also shot a barker at Burgos Market a few weeks earlier.
Barredo said he robs anyone when there is an opportunity especially when sees a person using a gadget on the street.
He asked for forgiveness for the crimes he committed and said he is willing to face the charges filed against him.
Aside from Barredo, five other suspected hold-uppers were also arrested in earlier operations in the city.
Last Friday, Teddy Mar Carmona, 27, and Jomar Vargas, 35, were arrested in a drug raid at Purok Pilit, Barangay 6.
Barredo was inside Carmona’s house during the raid, but he was able to escape with his unidentified companion.
On Thursday, Crisanto Primavera, 21; Jerry Arabello, 26; and Ronniel Antiquin, 18, all residents of Handumanan Village were also arrested in a hot pursuit operation in Mansilingan Village after they robbed three persons in separate incidents on the same day.
Recovered from all the suspects were firearms and illegal drugs, among others.
Antiquin was identified by a 19-year-old male student he robbed in Villamonte Village on the same day. He was also identified by a professor from Davao City he robbed last week.
Antiquin was also charged for robbery and rape.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested in a computer shop at Purok Bayanihan, Barangay Villamonte, Monday after he robbed a doughnut restaurant in the city two weeks ago.
He was previously arrested for the same offense for robbing other business establishments, mostly restaurants, in the area of Police Station 2.
He escaped from the Social Development Center (SDC), a detention facility for minor offenders in Bacolod.
Chief Inspector Ritchie Gohee, head of Police Station 4, said the minor is considered a notorious robber, and was again placed under the custody of the SDC.