(Metro News) Kidnap-for-ransom suspect falls in QC

February 21, 2011 11:14 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 21 — Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, announced on Monday the arrest in Quezon City of a suspect in the kidnapping-for-ransom of a businesswoman in Malabon City last December.

Mantele said QCPD operatives arrested the KFR suspect, identified as Jerry Dela Cruz, 30, married, security guard, native of Marikina City and residing at Certeza Compound, Barangay Culiat, Quezon City, following a tip from an informant.

Dela Cruz was tagged in the kidnapping of a Filipino-Chinese businesswoman identified by the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER) as Betty Chua, 22, of Malabon City.

According to the PACER, Chua was on board her blue-gray Toyota Corolla (TEM-112) when she was abducted last December 17, 2010 by several armed men who also took away her vehicle.

Chua, who was accompanied to the Batasan Police Station by Police Senior Inspector Art Pollero from PACER, positively identified Dela Cruz as one of several armed men who kidnapped her while she was on her way to work.

She likewise identified the red Toyota Corolla apparently recovered from Dela Cruz as her stolen vehicle which was already tampered and its car paint changed.

In his report to Mantele, QCPD Station 6 (Batasan) commander Supt. Marcelino Pedrozo said Dela Cruz was nabbed by policemen led by Chief Inspector Alfonso at about 11 p.m. Sunday along Luzon Avenue, Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City.

The QCPD operatives swung into action after a tipster called on the telephone informing the authorities about the presence of a red Toyota Corolla with improvised plate No. TDN-364 that was parked for several hours along Luzon Avenue with the occupant acting suspiciously.

The operatives proceeded to the area and surreptitiously monitored the suspect as soon as they confirmed his presence.

As the suspect was getting out of the vehicle, the operatives wasted no time in arresting the stunned Dela Cruz who was seen tucking a gun to his waistline.

Police recovered from Dela Cruz a handgun and a hand grenade.

Authorities said he failed to present any firearms license as well as any proof of ownership of the vehicle.

Investigators said they are also looking into Dela Cruz’s possible involvement in a recent kidnapping incident that occurred last January 31, 2011 along Howmart Street in Barangay Baesa, Novaliches, Quezon City.

A case of violation of Presidential Decree 1866 as amended by Republic Act No. 8294 and R.A. 6539 (Possession of Carnapped Vehicle) will be filed against Dela Cruz before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. (PNA)

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