February 7, 2023

It might be a case of adrenaline rush as a female victim chased and engaged herself in a brief scuffle with a male suspect, who snatched her cellphone on the evening of Jan. 11 in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Suspect Jesrael Bakidan, 18, was later arrested by personnel from the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station. 

The Police Regional Office-Cordillera reported the victim was walking in front of a convenience store in Barangay Pico when the suspect came from behind her and pulled her right hand. This caused the victim to lose her balance, as the suspect grabbed her cellphone then fled.

Unfazed, the victim chased and pinned down the suspect even after she was punched on the face and pushed into the canal.

The victim still managed to shout for assistance from Cpl. Jordan Dulay and Pat. Keenan Mark Lami-ing, who were conducting mobile patrol at the time. The two cops chased and arrested the suspect.

The suspect is now under the custody of La Trinidad MPS and facing charges for robbery with violence.

Meanwhile, Pro-Cor also reported the arrest of 13 suspects from its various operations from Jan. 1 to 7.

Records from the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division revealed Baguio City Police Office recorded the highest number of arrests with six wanted persons arrested followed by Benguet Police Provincial Office with five arrests and Ifugao PPO and Kalinga PPO with one arrest each.

During the same period, 59 towns in the Cordillera and two police stations of BCPO recorded zero crime incidents.

Twenty-two of 27 towns in Abra and 10 out of 11 town in Ifugao recorded zero crime incident.

Nine of 10 towns in Mountain Province while five towns each in Apayao and Kalinga also recorded zero crime incident during the same period.

The Aurora Hill and Kennon Road Police Stations in Baguio also recorded zero crime incidents. – Ofelia C. Empian