By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
One of the two motorcycle-riding robbers in Quezon City ended up in jail with a swollen face after the 16-year-old girl they victimized fought back and chased them to recover her smartphone.
Probers of Quezon City Police District’s Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) arrested suspect Armando Bautista, 32, a resident of Barangay Bagbaguin in Caloocan City, after he was mauled by bystanders following the robbery incident.
PS-3 station commander, Police Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Gabriel, said Bautista’s cohort, who was identified as Enrique Verano, alyas “Tonying,” is now the subject of a manhunt.
According to the victim, she was sitting in front of a motorcycle shop along Quirino Highway at around 8 p.m. and was reading a story on Wattpad, an eBook app, using her mobile phone while waiting for her friend to arrive.
Minutes later, suspect Bautista appeared and suddenly snatched the cellphone of the victim and ran towards his companion who was on board their getaway motorbike.
Instead of shouting for help, the Grade 10 student chased the suspects and pulled Bautista who was riding at the back of the vehicle causing the duo to fall.
The minor victim said she stay away from the suspects for a moment to make sure that they do not have any weapon.
When the victim found out that the two men were not armed, she pulled again the clothes of Bautista and shouted for help to bystanders at the area while the other suspect escaped.
Bautista was cornered by the concerned citizens after a brief chase and was mauled before turning him over to barangay officers and the police.
Authorities recovered the stolen phone but it was already broken due to the commotion.
The victim told investigators that she really wanted to get her phone back as she saved money from her school allowance to buy it.
Bautista is now under custody of PS-3 and will be facing charges of robbery snatching.