Fired utility man, cohort nabbed

A utility man, who was fired from his job, and his cohort were arrested by the police for allegedly staging a robbery/holdup at the former’s office in Quezon City.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. identified the suspects as Joel Cabanos, 28, and Arnel Tordecillas, 31, both of Bgy. Potrero, Malabon City.

Investigation showed that Cabanos, who works as a utility and warehouse man (bodegero) at EVY Merchandising Corporation at 54 BMA Ave., Bgy.  Tatalon, was ‘fired’ from his work two weeks ago.

Apparently, Cabanos was caught for fraudulent practices such as undervaluing prices of supplies, hence, he was terminated.

At about 7 p.m. on October 23, 2018, four employees of the corporation were inside their office while waiting for their Grab taxi when three male suspects wearing helmets and armed with handguns barged in and robbed them of cash, cellphones, laptop and other personal belongings.

The suspects also escaped with an Audemars Piguet Schumacher Rose Gold wrist watch worth P2,000,000 and cash amounting to P50,000 which they took from a vault at the second floor of the office.

The suspects fled on board three motorcycles, after taking away the Yamaha Mio motorcycle of one of the victims.

The victims immediately reported the incident to the Galas Police Station (PS 11) under Supt. Carlito Mantala.

Meanwhile, a witness told the police that Cabanos was among the suspects and served only as lookout.

At about 10 a.m. on October 24, a follow-up operation was conducted by joint operatives of PS 11, District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) under Supt. Gil Torralba and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) under Chief Insp. Elmer Monsalve at their residence in Bgy. Potrero, Malabon City, but they were not around.

At about 12:20 p.m. of the same day, a witness accompanied the police to the suspect’s hideout at 54 Paz St., Morning Breeze, Caloocan City, that led to the arrest of Cabanos, who yielded a laptop and cash amounting to P8,500 which was believed part of the loot.

Cabanos confessed the whereabouts of Tordecillas in Morning Breeze, Caloocan City, that resulted in his arrest at about 2:36 p.m. Recovered from Tordecillas were a Taurus caliber .9mm handgun with one live ammunition and a cellphone.

Meanwhile, Cabanos identified two other cohorts as Jun Jun Ramos and Harlem Ramos, of 95 Masikap St., Bgy. 146, District 1, Zone 13, Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City. Both escaped upon sensing the presence of operatives, leaving behind a Yamaha Mio motorcycle owned by one of the victims.

A manhunt operation is being conducted against the Ramos’.