Thursday, November 16, 2006

Intelligence gathering and detective work pay off:

Cops nab No.14 Most Wanted Person in Region X

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Mike Banos/Nov 16) – Police ended the long trek of one of the most wanted criminals in Region 10 by dint of intelligence gathering and detective work.

Chief Supt. Florante Baguio, regional director of PNP Region-10 Office presented to media Wednesday morning Vincent P. Villanueva alias Jojo, 26, a native of Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental, the No. 14 Most Wanted Person in Region X. Pujeda carried a P140, 000 bounty which the DILG will later reward to the informants which provided the tip which led to his captor.

Pujeda is accused of raping a 16-year old resident of Lawndale Spring, Bgy. Taguanao last 13 August 2004 around 8:00PM at Adela Subdivision, Bgy. Camaman-an. The suspect's efforts to escape the law led him to Manila, Cebu, and Bukidnon before his capture last 12 November 2006 at a shopping mall in Bgy. Lapasan by elements of the PRO-10 led by SPO4 Nilo B. Delgado.

Villanueva was about to be presented to the media yesterday morning but attempted to take his life just as he was taking breakfast by slashing his belly with a kitchen knife. However, he sustained only minor injuries after he was subdued and immediately brought to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect is the fifth most wanted person in the region recently captured by police in Region X. Baguio attributes their success to the judicious use of intelligence gathered by confidential agents and straight up detective work.

In the same press conference, Baguio also disclosed a benefactor who prefers to remain anonymous has donated four (4) units of 48-seater buses which will be distributed to the provincial police offices of Lanao, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon and the PRO-10. He said the units will greatly add to the capability of the PRO-10 and its provincial units in responding to threats to internal security.

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