So, a criminal has to do it multiple times so his arrest is prioritized?
A 21-year-old man tagged in at least 20 carjacking and robbery cases in Metro Manila was arrested in a lockdown operation by police following yet another robbery attempt in Quezon City.
“The man was nabbed after a brief chase with police officers along Katipunan Avenue in Barangay White Plains at around 6am on Sun, May 15. Police said that he had sped off with the JERM Transport Service taxi (TYW-475) when its driver, Nathaniel Tag-an, stepped out of the vehicle to ring a doorbell upon the suspect’s request. Tag-an sought help from policemen on patrol in Barangay Milagrosa. Police officers and Tag-an boarded another taxi to chase the fleeing suspect,” reports Romina Cabrera in The Philippine Star.
The suspect was finally apprehended along Katipunan Avenue Extension and turned over to the Quezon City Police District anti-car theft (ANCAR) unit. Two more of his victims later identified him as well.
The report noted: “According to ANCAR head Chief Inspector Joey Arandia, the suspect would pose as a passenger, instruct the cabbie to step out to do something, then drive away with the taxi.”
So far, police have recovered two taxis (UWA-606 and UWF-689) stolen by the suspect. The suspect is now facing charges for robbery and violating Republic Act 6539 (anti-car theft law).