The Los Baños Philippine National Police (PNP) captured a robbery suspect identified as Renato P. Madrid on August 5 along Lopez Avenue of Brgy. Batong Malake. Madrid, a native and resident of Brgy Pagsawitan, Sta Cruz, Laguna, is being linked to a series of robbery incidents in Los Baños.
On July 26 at about 12:30pm, a couple residing at the Pepito Torres Propriety Apartment in El Danda Street, Batong Malake was robbed while they were using their comfort room. When Rovelyn Mina went to their room which they left locked, she noticed that the door was closed but with the padlock destroyed. She shouted for help when she saw the suspect inside their room. The suspect immediately fled on foot towards El Danda subdivision. Bystanders tried to chase down the suspect but were not successful.
The robber got one 11.6” acer aspire laptop worth Php 15,000.00 and Php 1,200.00 cash money from the victims. The couple went to their barangay hall to report the incident and reviewed the footages captured in their barangay’s CCTV. Rovelyn was able to pinpoint the suspect who was seen roaming around before the incident and running away from their apartment after the robbery.
The victims were then invited to Los Baños PNP to check the station’s rogues gallery. The suspect was then identified as a former detainee named Renato Madrid y Paderog, 30 years old, single and jobless who was previously arrested by elements of the same station last February 3, 2012 for robbery. Appropriate criminal charge against Madrid was again filed before the Provincial Prosecutors Office on July 29, 2013.
On August 5, the station received a report from Intel PNCO SPO3 Elmer Joseph B. Gibe sighting a suspicious male along Lopez Avenue heading UPLB campus on board of a Public Utility Jeepney. Operatives immediately conducted monitoring and verification and chanced upon the suspect at the corner of Umali Subdivision. The suspect was then brought to the barangay hall of Batong Malake. Two heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing dried leaves or suspected marijuana were confiscated from the suspect. Recovered substances were brought to the region crime laboratory at Camp Vicente Lim, Canlubang, Laguna for laboratory examination. The suspect was positively identified as the same person caught in the CCTV. Other robbery victims from several dormitories in the same barangay also identified the suspect. Madrid was subjected to drug test and medical examination prior to his inquest.
The suspect was criminally charged before the Provincial Prosecutors Office in Calamba City for Trespassing and Violation of Sec 11 Art II RA 9165 with bail recommended of Php 200,000.00. Madrid is now detained at the Los Baños PNP’s detention cell while waiting for his commitment order and transfer to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Los Baños. (With reports from PNP Los Baños)