Couple in foiled holdup try gets trapped in store by mob, lands in jail

SAN PABLO, Laguna – A couple was arrested after a foiled hold-up attempt at a convenience store in Barangay Del Remedio on Wednesday (Jan. 19).

According to a statement from the Laguna Police Provincial Office, live-in partners Kevin Ranther Cayabyab Medrano and April Joy Arevalo Abaquita forced two convenience store employees to the backroom and tied their hands as they took the money in the cash register amounting to P99,940.

Laguna Police Provincial Office (Facebook/MANILA BULLETIN)

One of the victims was able to escape from the backroom and immediately sought help from bystanders.

Concerned citizens helped trap the suspects inside the store until barangay officials and the police arrived at the scene.

Authorities recovered the money and took the suspects into custody. They will be charged with robbery and hold-up.

Laguna Police Provincial Office (Facebook/MANILA BULLETIN)

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa force multipliers at onlookers sa kanilang malasakit sa ating mga kababayan at patuloy na tiwala at suporta sa kapulisan (I thank the force multipliers and onlookers for their concern to our fellowmen and their continued trust and support to the police)," Laguna Police Acting Provincial Director Col. Rogarth Campo said in a statement.