PRO8 arrests rob
RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
March 8, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – After years in hiding, the leader of a notorious criminal gang
behind the series of highway robberies in Samar the past years was
arrested by the Special Operations Task Group - Samar (SOTG-Samar)
Tracker Team in a manhunt operation in Metro Manila recently.
Jose Arvin Baculanlan, 31, a
native of Basey, Samar, the leader of the Baculanlan robbery gang and
listed as the second most wanted person in Samar was nabbed at the
corner of 14th Avenue and Boni Serrano St. in Cubao, Quezon City
around 4 p.m. on Monday.
“With his arrest, all the
robberies his group had carried out are deemed solved and his gang
considered neutralized,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer
Ragadio Soria, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8.
The Baculanlan gang was
linked to a series of highway heists in Samar in the past years.
Soria informed that a
civilian informant led SOTG-Tracker Team under Police Chief Inspector
Marben Ordonia to the suspect’s whereabouts.
Baculanlan was arrested on
the strength of arrest warrants issued by Regional Trial Court Branch
30 Judge Janet Cabalona and Judge Tarcelo Sabarre of same RTC for 2
counts of robbery and violation of Article 294 of the Revised Penal
Code (robbery with violence or intimidation of person) with
recommended bailbond of P100,000.00 for each case.
The members of the robbery
gang the suspect led were arrested in past police operations while
others “have lied low for a while,” said Soria, adding that PRO8 is
continuously tracking their whereabouts.
Baculanlan is now detained
at Quezon City Police District for proper disposition.