Prison escapee arrested after hiding for 22 years

January 11, 2012 11:59 pm 

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, Jan. 11 — An escaped prisoner from the Iwahig Penal Farm in Palawan was finally arrested in his hometown where he failed to elude the police after hiding for 22 long years.

In a report to Senior Superintendent Gilbert Cruz, Laguna police provincial director, Superintendent Ferdinand de Castro, San Pablo City chief of police, identified the arrested escapee as Edwin Policarpio, 48, who was nabbed on Tuesday at around 4 p.m.

De Castro said Policarpio had eluded arrest for 22 years by moving from one place to another until police chanced upon him at a relative’s home in Barangay II-E, this city.

He said Policarpio was sentenced to at least six years of imprisonment at the facility in Puerto Princesa City for robbery.

De Castro said police operatives in Laguna could not say when Policarpio was convicted or how much more time was left in his sentence when he escaped from the Iwahig Penal Farm in Palawan.

It was learned that Policarpio originally lived in Barangay San Antonio in San Pablo City where the crime was committed back in the 1980s, he said.

De Castro said Policarpio is now detained at the San Pablo City police station pending his turnover to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). (PNA)

LAP/LAM/CTB

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