HOMEOWNERS of Amparo Subdivision called on the Northern Police District for increased police visibility due to rising incidence of theft, robbery and homicide inside the subdivision.
Anastacia L. Pattugalan, a former official of the Amparo Village Homeowners Association Inc., said homeowners are scared because of the spate of crimes in the subdivision.
“Natatakot ang mga residente dito dahil ang daming krimeng nagaganap. Tanghaling tapat kahapon pinasok ’yung isang tindahan, pinagsasaksak ’yung may-ari at ninakawan. Nu’ng kelan, hinoldup ’yung bumibili du’n sa same store ng mga bandang alas-syete lang ng gabi. Meron naman makailang buwan lang yata ang nakalipas, ’yung isang kapitbahay namin papasok sa trabaho ng madaling-araw, hinoldup bago siya makarating sa waiting shed. Kami, ilang beses nang muntik mapasok ’yung bahay namin at bahay ng pamangkin ko,” Pattugalan said.
“Dapat magkaroon ng increased police visibility dito. May nagroronda naman na police mobile at barangay mobile, kaso sa gabing-gabi lang. E ’yung mga krimen tina-taon nila ng maaga pa. Sana kung pwede, lahat ng kalsada ikutan nila,” she stressed.
The call was prompted by the latest incident where a man, wearing a jacket and a bonnet, forcibly entered the store owned by John Ed P. Oliva at past 1 p.m. last Sunday as he was bringing in the stocks that had just been delivered.
Once inside, the man pushed Oliva and stabbed him several times with a long knife. There were children outside the store who witnessed the crime and shouted for help. But since it was still lunch time, help arrived a bit late.
The victim was taken to the Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center where he expired after more than an hour.
The suspect walked away from the crime scene and only broke into a run when he realized that some neighbors were running after him.
When he was finally cornered after several minutes and brought to the barangay hall, the bag of money that he took and the murder weapon was no longer with him.