DVO-Suspect in snatching cop’s necklace charged before Davao City Prosecution Office

March 15, 2012 9:21 am 

DAVAO CITY, March 14 — Robbery charges are filed against a 32-year-old jobless man for snatching the necklace of a person who happened to be a police officer at a shopping mall in Ecoland, this city last March 12.

Accused before the City Prosecution Office was Conrado Norehis Larayos, 37, a resident of Agdao here.

Larayos was arrested by the victim himself, Senior Police Officer (SPO) 1 Anthony Alpiz of the Davao City Police Office Investigation and Detection Management Branch, after he snatched the cop’s necklace worth P20,000.

Alpiz revealed that around 4:30 in the afternoon on March 12, he was standing at the parking area of SM City Mall in Ecoland, Davao City when the suspect suddenly grabbed his necklace.

But fortunately, he was able to get hold of the person who snatched the necklace and engaged him in a hand to hand combat until security guards of the mall came to the rescue and arrested the suspect. The item was recovered from the suspect.

Alpiz also sustained bruises and contusions in the body due to the incident.

Due to the incident, the police also uncovered the modus operandi of the snatchers and thieves on the streets. With this, the victim decided to file charges with the arrested suspect.

At first, companions of the suspect who was tasked to do the snatching against their target victims, would create a scenario in the area which could catch the attention of the people and bystanders thereat.

Since the attention of the public was concentrated on a certain incident in the area, they could no longer notice the other incidents like snatching or the public could not react immediately.

That’s what happened to Alpiz. His attention was caught by a person who went wild nearby, without noticing that someone was already tailing him and suddenly grabbed his necklace but he caught the suspect before he could get away from him.

The suspect’s companion was nowhere to be found after the arrest.

Alpiz had no firearm with him during that time since he was in civilian clothes due to the implementation of gun ban in city, which prohibits law enforcers to bring their firearms if they were not in agency-prescribed uniform. (PNA) RSV/Jessie L. Casalda/ldp

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