The suspect, who held up a 56-year-old woman at corner Hernaez-Carmen streets, Brgy. 40 in Bacolod City Tuesday, was linked to the abduction of the wife of a seafarer and another robbery incident in Brgy. Taculing on Monday.
Station 6 commander, Chief Insp. Placido Gentoleo said the suspect, Raje Guanzon, 38, of Purok Adela, Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod was nabbed after a brief chase in front of the SM Savemore at Mercedes Street in Brgy. 40 at about 7:55 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigation showed that Guanzon held up at knifepoint and grabbed the bag of Evelyn Lobaton, of Providencia Subdivision, Brgy. Alijis in Bacolod, who was about to get into the red Frontier Bravado vehicle with her grandchild, whose name was not disclosed.
Policemen roving at the area, heard residents shouting about a hold-up and were able to collar Guanzon and recover from him the black bag of Lobaton that contained two cellular phones worth P4,000, a driver’s license, identification cards, credit cards, ATMs, and P32,000 in cash, Gentoleo said.
He said a 17.5-inch long butcher’s knife, a Racal 150 motorcycle without plate number with a car stereo, a blue knapsack and several pieces of car accessories were also seized from Guanzon after his arrest.
Gentoleo said Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Jovil Sedel, and the victim of the abduction on Monday, who asked that her name be withheld, went to Station 6 and she positively identified Guanzon through the bladed weapon and the car accessories seized from him.
The woman confirmed that Guanzon was the one who abducted her on Monday morning at the exit gate of a private school in Bacolod and took her money and assorted items from her Mitsubishi Adventure vehicle.
Items the victim lost on Monday were recovered from Guanzon, Gentoleo said.
He said Guanzon was also linked to the robbery-hold-up of Suet Rose Pareñas, at St. Francis Subdivision, Brgy. Taculing in Bacolod, at about 8 p.m. on Monday, and was identified through his Racal motorcycle.
Gentoleo said Guanzon had used the same modus operandi, and the same bladed weapon, and get-away Racal motorcycle, in the three hold-up incidents.
Guanzon admitted that he held up Lobaton claiming he wanted to save his child, who was ill and could have died last week.
He said that sometimes he cannot think properly, and would like to ask for forgiveness from Lobaton and her grandchild, who he presumed had suffered trauma because of what he did.
He, however, insisted that he had nothing to do with the abduction of the wife of a seafarer on Monday and the robbery at St. Francis Subdivision.
Charges for the robbery hold-up of Lobaton were filed against him yesterday while those for another robbery in St. Francis Subdivision, and in the car of the wife of a seafarer on Monday, are also being readied by the police.
A drug test will be conducted on Guanzon, as the victim of the abduction had alleged that he used marijuana while inside her car on Monday, Gentoleo said.*SGG