Wanted ‘notorious’ robber falls

28 August 2012

A WANTED notorious suspected robber was arrested by joint forces of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) and Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) in a raid at Creekside, Macanhan, Barangay Carmen in Cagayan de Oro Sunday morning.

Police Superintendent Reynante Reyes of RID said the suspect, Apple John G. Abecia alias “Dondon,” 24, a resident of Macanhan, was arrested on Sunday around 7 a.m.

Reyes said the joint operatives of RID and RSOG were armed with a warrant issued by Judge Jose L. Escobido of the Regional Trial Court Branch 37 for robbery with violence against or intimidation of person with a recommended bail of P100,000.

Police records showed that Abecia has been tagged as suspect in the series of robbery victimizing motorists at “Ilawom Tulay” and Macanhan Road in Barangay Carmen.

Court record also showed that sometime in April 2011, Abecia was tagged by a certain George A. Gunitan Jr. as the one who allegedly robbed him.

Gunitan, along with his wife and kid, were on their way home to Barangay Balulang onboard a motorcycle when upon proceeding Macanhan Road, a group of men allegedly led by Abecia blocked their way.

Abecia then declared a hold-up while pointing a knife at them. Gunitan reportedly resisted and was stabbed by the suspect.

Gunitan, a Taekwondo instructor, was able to grab and seized the knife, however, Abecia’s companions allegedly helped him and succeeded in taking several valuable items from the victims such as cash worth P70,000, PSP worth P12,000, a laptop P40,000 and other belongings.

The suspects later fled and went on hiding for barely a year.

But based on police’s intelligence information, the suspect allegedly planned for another related crime during the fiesta revelry.

With this, operatives of RID and RSOG conducted relentless surveillance and monitoring of the suspect’s whereabouts, which resulted in his arrest.

Abecia is now temporarily detained at the Maharlika Detention Cell pending his transfer to the Lumbia Rehabilitation Center.

Reyes said this case is under the Priority Target List of RSOG and RID on its campaign against robbery and other crimes in the region.