Negros robbery group leader falls

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – The suspected leader of a crime group tagged in several high-profile robberies in Negros Occidental was arrested by authorities in Sitio Patic, Barangay Isio, Cauayan town.The 30-year-old Francisco Epogon alias “Junjun” – resident of neighboring Sitio Manluy-a, Barangay San Jose, Sipalay City – was caught Sunday afternoon. Epogon’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Rodney Magbanua of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Kabankalan City dated Feb. 28, 2020.The suspect faces charges of robbery in band with a recommended bail of P100,000.He was arrested by personnel of the Cauayan police and the Provincial Intelligence Unit of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office.Police recovered a fragmentation grenade from Epogon’s possession.City police chief Colonel Henry Biñas earlier tagged the Epogon robbery group in the recent robbery-slay incident involving a Belgian national in Barangay Villamonte here and other break-ins this year.Biñas said the group was also behind the ransacking of the house of Dr. Carlitos Orola in Barangay Tangub on Feb. 19.He said there is also a possibility that the group was behind the robbery at a house in Barangay Estefania on Feb. 29.The group is also responsible for robbery incidents that victimized the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, a rice mill in Bago City, Negros Occidental, and another rice mill in Negros Oriental, he added.On Wednesday last week, the suspects entered the house of Carl Nolens at Villa Angela and killed him using an M16 assault rifle, based on the recovered empty shells at the crime scene.His wife, Maria, was injured when she jumped from the terrace at the second floor of their house.The police are also looking into possible connections of the robbery-slay incident to other burglaries in the city this year.The task force assigned to the ongoing probe of Nolans’ robber-slay are already in Cauayan to question the crime group leader./PNlast_img

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