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Sunday, 08 June 2014 14:41

Worker runs away with

employer’s P20,000


A delivery man was placed under arrest yesterday after he admitted that he lied when he told the police earlier that he was abducted by five men in Sta. Catalina.

Sr. Insp. Arlan Delumpines, chief of the Central Police Station’s Investigation Section, said that Joey Samputan, 27, of Lunzuran, broke down during an investigation, saying he was not abducted, but he ran away with his employer’s P20,000 and pedicab.

Samputan had earlier falsely claimed that he was abducted by five men who took the P20,000 and the pedicab belonging to his employer Felix Sumicad, while he was delivering softdrinks at Sitio Buggok, Sta. Catalina last Thursday. He said he was released Friday night.

Delumpines and his men had already suspected that Samputan was lying because of inconsistency in his statements.

Samputan, in an earlier interview with this reporter, claimed that he was delivering softdrinks in Sitio Buggok when he was held by five men, who hogtied and blindfolded him before he was forced to board one of two motorcycles. that traveled for 10 minutes. He said he was transferred to a van that took them to an unknown place where he was detained for more than 24 hours.

Samputan alleged that his supposed abductors took his cellphone and the P20,000 before releasing him  last Friday night.

The incident was reported to the police but when lawmen tried to locate Samputan, he was nowhere to  be found.

Yesterday, Sumicad went to the Central Police Station and convinced Samputan to also go there promising him he will be given money.

When Samputan appeared at the police station, he was placed under investigation during which he was noticed by investigators to be issuing inconsistent statements.

Delumpines and his men continued with more interrogations afterwhich Samputan finally broke down saying that there was no abduction.

Samputan told the police that he used the P20,000 in paying for the drugs he got on credit from drug pushers and some for the losses he incurred in card game gambling.

The pedicab was also recovered by the police in Tumaga where Samputan sold it at P1,400.

He was placed behind bars. —  Dan Toribio Jr.