COMPLAINTS will be filed today against seven men and a woman in connection with the robbery and carnapping in Deca 4 Subdivision in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City last Sunday morning.
The suspects were detained yesterday at the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) holding cell.
Police identified them as Jericho John Francisco, Ritchie Signar, Khent Colanggo, Rodrigo Boyles, Gary Jaylo, Rudy Adaya, Christopher Viña and Joy Chan.
Although Chan helped the police arrest the robbers, she will still be detained and charged in court because she participated in the crime, said Insp. Zenaido Pastorfide, chief of the Crimes Against Property Desk.
“It will be up to the court now whether or not Chan can become a state witness and face a lesser offense,” he said.
According to LLCPO Chief Armando Radoc, Chan had admitted she unlocked the gate and the door of Marites Amit’s house to let the robbers in.
Chan had spent the night in the 51-year-old businesswoman’s house.
Four armed men entered the house and tied up Amit, her helper and Chan. They also taped their mouths. The suspects carted away P682,000 in cash, and some jewelry, bags and gadgets worth P4.9 million.
They also took away post-dated checks worth P2 million and fled on board Amit’s black Mitsubishi Montero Sport (YLD-565) worth P1.5 million.
Chan admitted she connived with the suspects, but later helped the police track them down.
Amit’s vehicle was turned over to the LLCPO yesterday afternoon, as well some firearms, cash and stolen items recovered from the suspects.
One thing the arrest showed was the need for different police units to coordinate, said Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) director.
“Through text, we were able to dispatch our personnel very timely. So it is important that we have a good relationship with our city (police) directors and good coordination,” said Gillamac.
The police official learned from Supt. Radoc about the incident and the tip that the suspects were heading south in a stolen black Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
He then ordered the heads of southern police towns to set up checkpoints at once.
Police operatives from Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Samboan and the CPPO-Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) caught the suspects, although not all at once.
Adaya and Viña were caught while they were going to board a ship docked in Samboan. The ship was bound for Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte; both suspects were from Misamis Occidental.
Francisco and Signar were from Sincaban, Misamis Oriental, while Boyles, Colanggo and Jaylo hail from the towns of Ubay, Mabini, and Garcia in Bohol.
Radoc said he was able to convince Chan to identify her cohorts and to reveal that they were headed for Oslob.
Gillamac said they will contact police offices in Bohol and Misamis to check if the suspects have criminal records or pending cases in those provinces.
Police presented Francisco, Signar, Boyles, Colanggo and Jaylo to the media yesterday afternoon.
Boyles and Jaylo said they took turns in driving the Montero Sport. Francisco said he met his companions through Facebook, but he did not elaborate.
Colanggo said he was recruited by a certain Jojo to work with him, but the latter did not tell him the nature of the job. He was offered P20,000.
“Gi-blind lagi ko (He kept me in the dark),” he said. “Nangiyawat lang ko kay naa man koy anak ug asawa (I accepted the offer because I have a child and wife).”
Jojo is the husband of Colanggo’s sister-in-law.
Police recovered P149,000 in P1,000 and P500 bills, two Louis Vuitton and MK bags, a yellow umbrella, a card and sunglasses from the suspects.
They also seized three .45 pistols, a KG-9 submachine pistol and bullets.