Published: Sunday 07 January, 2018

Paranaque Gotohan Robbery Suspect Arrested, But is He the Right One?

Authorities is Paranaque City say they have arrested the prime suspect in the brazen gotohan robbery a few days ago. News & CCTV video of the gotohan robbery in Barangay San Isidro, Sucat immediately went viral because is shocked Pinoys that even a lowly ‘small-time’ establishment can be targets by criminals.

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Paranaque police chief Rosete shows a photo of gotohan suspect Jesrell Arador. ( Cabalza)

The suspect has been identified as Jesrell Arador, alias Budoy. Senior Supt. Leon Victor Rosete, Parañaque police chief, said Arador is a resident of nearby Barangay San Antonio. The police chief, however, did not say how or why Arador became a suspect in the crime. Was he identified by one of the victims? Was their a tip-off?

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According to the Inquirer, Jesrell Arador was injured during his arrest. He tried to escape when police swooped down on his resident Saturday and fractured his arm. He has denied the police allegations.

Seized from Arador was a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition. Police believe this is the same gun used to shoot one of the victims in the gotohan (porridge restaurant) when he was shot during the heist. The firearm will now undergo ballistics tests.

Four men on motorcycles and wearing helmets robbed the all-night restaurant just before 4:00 AM on Thursday. At gunpoint, they took away cash, mobile phones and other valuables from customers, and also made off with the restaurant’s earnings. Police say a total of about P40,000 was taken.

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Earlier, Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, ordered Paranaque police chief Resete to solve the crime immediately or face sacking.

This thus brings us to these questions: Did Rosete really solve the crime? Does he have the right guy? Or was the ‘suspect’ arrested just to save Rosete’s hide?