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Cop in businessman’s slay escapes police custody in Cagayan

CAGAYAN, Philippines- A policeman tagged as mastermind of a kidnap-for-ransom group and suspect in the killing of a businessman fled from police custody moments after his arrest.

In a press release, Superintendent Warren Tolito, Cagayan provincial police chief, said dismissed Superintendent Johnny Orme escaped on Sunday morning, October 7, after arresting police of Gonzaga town heed to his request to drop by his house “to get his personal belongings.”

Orme used their house’s backdoor to escape, Tolito added.

The suspect was arrested late Saturday evening, October 6, in Barangay Callao in Gonzaga after a concerned citizen reported to police that an unidentified fishing boat anchored along the shorelines.

Responding police were able to identify Orme. He was arrested and detained in the police station overnight before his scheduled transfer to Cagayan provincial police on Sunday.

Tolito said a manhunt operation was conducted immediately after his fleeing, as neighboring police stations were also alerted to hold checkpoints.

Meanwhile, the Gonzaga police, under the supervision of Chief Inspector Jayson Cabauatan and arresting officers, are now facing investigations. Cabauatan was relieved from his post on Sunday.

Orme was arrested after almost a year after his alleged involvement in the kidnap-slay of casino junket operator Carlo Tan.

Four other police believed to be Orme’s cohorts were killed in a police operation. (Contributed content)


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