Suspect in P2.2-M robbery arrested

Police officers from San Miguel town arrested last week a 35-year old abaca stripper accused in the P2.2-million robbery at a piggery in barangay Boton last March 10, 2020.

Erwin Geromo Ralla was apprehended last July 1, 2020 after Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras issued the warrant for his arrest under Criminal Case No. 7333, with bail recommended at P120,000.00.

It may be recalled that Ralla became the object of a hot pursuit after he was tagged as the prime suspect in the robbery that took place at the house of Vivian Edar Almanza, 34, in barangay Boton sometime before the crime was discovered at 11:30 A.M. of March 10, 2020.

The victim had found that the padlock of the front door of her house was destroyed and that a bag in the bedroom containing cash amounting to about P2.2 million was missing.

Ralla, also a Boton resident and son of one of the caretakers at the piggery owned by the victim, was suspected of involvement in the robbery after he was seen in the area at 9 P.M. on the night before Almanza found out that her cash was missing.

The police immediately coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Virac substation to conduct search operations at the port.

Ens. Warren Quejencio and PCG personnel later found the stolen backpack left behind by the suspect, who had gone outside for a while.

Out of the reported stolen cash, only P1,801,980.00 remained in the bag.

Meanwhile, the Catanduanes police collared seven other persons wanted by the Courts for various crimes, including a Viga resident accused of four counts of rape.

Operatives from the Viga police station, the 2nd Catanduanes Police Mobile Force Company and the Caramoran police station worked together to nab Michael Rodriguez Ogale, 32, in Sabang, Caramoran.

The native of Tinago was the subject of the arrest warrant issued by RTC Branch 42 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada in connection with a criminal charge for violation of Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act) with bail set at P34,000.00 and four counts of non-bailable rape.

On the same day, San Andres police apprehended Darrel Barba Calisin, 31, and Dindo Manrique Subion, 26, both residents of Codon, who have been accused of violation of Section 5 of Presidential Decree 449 (Cockfighting Law) with bail set at P36,000 each.

In Baras town, the No. 8 Municipal Most Wanted Person was finally caught by the law in barangay Putsan.

Fisherman Reinhard Tusi Abad, 26, also known as Padilla, has been accused of robbery at RTC Branch 42, with his bail recommended at P72,000.00.

In a twin accomplishment for the Baras police, the No. 7 MMWP was also arrested a day later in barangay Abihao.

Policemen led by Capt. Mark Leslie Barlis, together with elements of the 2nd PMFC, collared Rudy Tario Fernandez, 27, a construction worker who is wanted by RTC Branch 43 for violation of RA 7610 with recommended bail of P80,000.00.

In Panganiban town, the police, assisted by the 2nd PMFC, arrested Tomas Evangelista Villarete, 53, of San Nicolas, also for violation of RA 7610 with the same bail amount.

In Pandan, elements of the local police teamed up with the 1st PMFC and the Caramoran police to nab William Icamen Asanza, 34, an abaca stripper, in barangay Balagnonan last July 3, in connection with the robbery complaint filed against him before RTC Branch 43, with bail set at P100,000.00.

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