After months of respite, armed highway robbers have reappeared and escaped with P132,000.00 in cash from their victims in two holdup incidents in Caramoran and San Andres that occurred just two days apart last week.
The reports sent to the office of Catanduanes PNP officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent Jeffrey Fernandez said the first robbery holdup incident happened on Jan. 30 at barangay Tucao.
Jonathan Tatel Dagohoy, 26, a community development officer of the ARDCI NGO Group and resident of District 3 in San Miguel, was with his civilian escort, Louie Cerillo, at 7 P.M. and about to leave the area after collecting money from their clients when five men armed with Cal. 45 and Cal. 38 pistols appeared.
The suspects, whose faces were covered with t-shirts, ordered Dagohoy and Cerillo to lay themselves on the ground before grabbing the ARDCI worker’s bag.
According to the victim, the bag contained loan forms, receipts, his motorcycle key, and the cash collection amounting to more or less P100,000.00. One of the perpetrators also took his wallet and a P500 bill, before they fled into an unknown direction. Cerillo later sought assistance from the barangay captain before proceeding to the Caramoran police station.
Barely two days later, at 1:30 P.M. of Feb. 1, fish vending couple Sanito Manlangit Flores Jr.. and Cherry Zuniega Flores, both 33 and residents of Cabcab, San Andres, were traversing the national road along barangay Lubas on board a maroon tricycle when three unidentified malefactors armed with long firearms blocked their way.
The suspects, who wore green raincoats and combat boots, declared a hold-up and then took P32,000.00, a MyPhone worth P8,000.00, and a bolo from the couple. The trio escaped towards a mountainous area in the direction of Iyao, Caramoran.
Intelligence operatives of both police stations have been dispatched for the possible identification and immediate apprehension of the suspects.