39-year-old detained for stealing transportation official's laptop in Pampanga

A 39-year-old suspect was detained for allegedly stealing the laptop of an undersecretary of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in the government official’s residence in Angeles City.

A police report obtained by Rappler on Saturday, October 17, showed that Artemio Tuazon Jr, DOTr undersecretary for administrative service, was not home at the time of the robbery on October 12.

Major Aris Gonzales, commander of Police Station 4 in the city, identified the suspect as Issah Marie Reeves, 39, resident of Bago Bantay, Quezon City.

In his report, Gonzales said Garjun Guay, a security guard at Frona’s Townhouse along Clarkview in Barangay Malabanias, was conducting a morning patrol activity when he chanced upon the suspect who was carrying a black laptop.

Guay accosted the suspect, who allegedly pulled out a knife, pointed it at the guard, and tried to stab him.

A scuffle ensued between the two and the security guard was able to subdue the suspect and take the knife from the suspect.

Policemen were then called in to arrest the suspected thief.

Gonzales said they notified Tuazon about the incident. When the undersecretary arrived at the townhouse, he confirmed that the laptop was his.

The suspect is facing charges for theft and for attempted homicide at the Angeles City Prosecutor’s Office. She also remains in detention. – Rappler.com