THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 has been asked to check if Ebyang Fernandez, sister of Ruben Fernandez, who was the prime suspect in the death of Karen Kaye Montebon, had any part in the 17-year-old’s murder.
The CIDG 7 recovered Karen Kaye’s iPad and her father James’s wristwatch last Monday.
Ebyang had allegedly pawned the items to a certain Alan in Inabanga, Bohol.
Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) Acting Director Armando Radoc said the CIDG 7 should check if Ebyang knew the items were stolen.
The agency should also evaluate the evidence it has gathered, he said.
“In filing a case, it is not the accused who will be explaining but it should be the prosecution who will prove the criminal case beyond reasonable doubt,” Radoc said.
Ebyang’s fate now rests on the evidence police gather.
Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, head of the task group assigned to investigate Montebon’s death, said they will get a sworn statement from Alan so they can retrace Ruben’s movements when he arrived in Bohol.
It’s possible that Alan did not know the items were stolen, Lawas said.
If it’s proven that Ebyang knew the items were stolen, she could be charged criminally, being an accessory to the crime of robbery, Lawas said.
The CIDG 7 submitted the iPad to a technology expert to open the device.
Karen Kaye’s father James confirmed the stolen items were theirs.
Lawas said Ruben’s girlfriend Jenalyn is also not off-the-hook.
Jenalyn’s testimony led to the identification of Ruben as the person who robbed and killed Karen Kaye, an accountancy student of the University of San Carlos, in Lapu-Lapu City last Sept. 15.
A week later, Ruben was killed by an unidentified armed group in Nasingin Islet in Getafe, Bohol.
In a related development, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza held a dialogue with members of different homeowners’ associations to discuss peace and order concerns, following the death of Karen Kaye Montebon inside their house in a subdivision.
Radaza encouraged them to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras inside their subdivisions to prevent such a crime from happening again.
Officers of more than 100 subdivisions participated in the dialogue held at the Hoops Dome in Barangay Gun-ob.
During her speech, Radaza asked everyone to observe a minute of silence to pray for the eternal repose of Karen Kaye.
“I will never allow such senseless killing inside a subdivision to happen again... I hope that what happened to Karen Kaye will prod every homeowner’s association to put up security cameras in their subdivision,” Radaza said.
The City is drafting an ordinance, requiring subdivisions to install CCTV cameras.
During the activity, LLCPO Acting Director Radoc told homeowners’ associations not to wait for the ordinance to be passed.
Radoc advised them to let their security guards check anyone entering and leaving the subdivision and install security cameras and lights in well-appointed areas so a criminal can be easily identified.