The leader of the Rondoy Robbery Group that is allegedly responsible for the series of hold-upand “agaw-motor” incidents in Bacolod City was arrestedat 13th-Lacson streets in Barangay 7, Bacolod City, at about 4:30 a.m. yesterday.
Alex Barredo, alias “Rondoy”, 24, of Barangay Mambulac in Silay City, Negros Occidental, was nabbed by members of Police Station 2, the Bacolod City Police Office Tracker Team and Special Operations Group.
Barredo headedthe robbery group composed of at least 10 members, Senior Supt. Jack Wanky, Bacolod police acting city director, said at the press conference held at the BCPO headquarters yesterday.
Chief Insp. BenedictoVillarias, Station 2 commander, said they received information that Barredohad a drug transaction at 13th Street so they planned a stakeout operation.
Barredo, on board a Yamaha Sniper motorcycle, arrived at the area, where the police were already waiting for him, Villarias said.
When the police approached Barredo, he tried to escape, drew his gun, and pulled the trigger, but it did not fire, Villarias said.
Policemen subdued Barredoafter a brief chase and recovered from him a .38 caliber revolver, a .38 misfired cartridge, five unfired .38 cartridges, three sachets of suspected shabu, a hand grenade, and a sling bag, police records show.
Multiple charges for violations of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, Commission on Elections gun ban, and R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being readied against Barredo, Villarias said.
Barredo, and his companions, Teddy Mar Carmona, 27, of Barangay 6 and Jomar Vargas, 35, of Barangay Tangub in Bacolod, who were nabbed in a buy-bust operation in PurokPilit 1, Barangay 6 in Bacolod, Friday, were presented to the media at the BCPO headquarters yesterday.
Wanky said Barredo and his group are the suspects in most robbery hold-up and “agaw-motor” incidents in Bacolodand Silay.
He urgedrobbery hold-up victims of the group of Barredo, to report the incident to the police and file charges for robbery against the suspects.
Wankysaid he believes that with the arrest of Barredo, the spate of robbery incidents in the city will reduce.
Asked if there's a possibility that Barredowill be on the loose and strikeagain, Wanky said the charges againsthim are non-bailable.
Barredo, meanwhile, told the media yesterday that the proceeds he and his group got out of the items they stolewere used to help his poor friends and neighbors.
Poverty was the reason Barredogave when asked for his reason in engaging in robbery-hold-ups. He said he has a family and a 1-year-old child to feed, aside from those people in their area, who askfor financialhelp from him.
“We are also choosing our targets. If we see that they are poor, we skip them but if we see a rich-looking person, we grab the chance,” Barredo said in Hiligaynon.
He admitted engaging in “agaw-motor” and robbingthree professors in Barangay Villamonte, but denied involvement in other robbery incidents.
The guns they used in their operation, Barredo said were bought from a friend, whose name he did not disclose.
“I will face whatever casesarefiled against me. If I did that crime, I will admit it in Court, but I will fight for the crimes I did not do,” Barredo said.
He said sorryto those they victimized as they were only pushed by circumstances, adding that he wanted to help others but it just happened to be in the wrong way.
Barredo also advised the public not to show off their gadgetssoas not to tempt them.
Meanwhile, two apprehendedthieveswhose hiding place was the cogonal area at the Reclamation Area of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. Port in Barangay 10, Bacolod, were also presented to the media yesterday.
Robert Chua, 38, and Leowel Figueroa, 22, of Silay, were entering vehicles at the BREDCO and stealing items from them while their ownersare away, Villarias said.
Chua and Figueroa, who was also presented to the media yesterday, denied the accusations.
Meanwhile, an alleged notorioussnatcher was nabbed at Araneta-Gonzaga Street in Barangay 12, Bacolod, at about 6 p.m. Sunday.
Police Station 1 personnel arrested JoebertAlisin, alias “Bob”, 27, of Barangay 16 in Bacolod for snatching the cellular phone worth P5,000 of a reveler at the opening of the MassKara Festival, a police report said.
Another snatching suspect Mark Benedict Buenaobra, alias “Alog,” 20, was apprehended for stealing a cellular phone worth P7,000 of a woman at Gatuslao Street in Barangay 13, Bacolod, Sunday, records show.*SGG
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