Kidnapping charges filed vs couple in Davao del Sur town

February 9, 2012 11:32 pm 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Feb. 9 – Police on Thursday filed charges of kidnapping with serious illegal detention against a couple who was accused of snatching on Tuesday night a three-year-old boy in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, a police official said.

Chief Inspector Roberto Carao, chief of the Magsaysay PNP, identified the suspects as Percida Abrea, 39, of Barangay Lower Bala, Magsaysay, and Abdurahim Utto Akas, 31, an Arabic teacher from Cotabato City.

Carao said complaints of violation of the Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code were filed against the suspects at the Davao Provincial Prosecution Office in Digos City.

The suspects were placed under inquest proceedings and have remained in the custody of the Magsaysay Police.

Carao said his men apprehended the couple inside Room Number 9 of the Bansalan Lodge in Bansalan town, also in Davao del Sur, after they received tips from their informants the suspects have stayed in the area with the victim.

The victim, identified only as Iggy, not his real name, was snatched in his house in Barangay Lower Bala.

The boy allegedly did not resist when Abrea approached him as the suspect and the boy’s father were friends.

Abrea is also a neighbor of Iggy’s family, said Carao.

Abrea told police she brought the boy to her boyfriend where she introduced him as their son.

She allegedly could not present to her boyfriend their real son because it died during the typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City.

“But these are all alibis. Let the court decide as to whether or not they’re telling the truth,” said Carao.

The boy was immediately brought to a center in Davao City where he underwent trauma counseling and debriefing, according to the police. (PNA) LAP/NYP/MCM/utb

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