By NITZ ARANCON
POLICE arrested a young man who attacked, hurt, and stole an officer’s motorcycle in Upper Puerto at dawn yesterday.
Authorities identified the suspect as Hilbert Pilhera, 18, of Don Carlos, Bukidnon.
Chief Insp. Gil Agpoa, Puerto police station head, said Pilhera was caught by the Manolo Fortich town police at around 4 am, hours after he attacked SPO1 Rey Abecia, a member of the Puerto police.
Agpoa said Pilhera would be charged with highway robbery, disobedience to a person of authority, and direct assault.
SPO1 Raymond Barela said Pilhera, who was shot in the foot, was arrested after the stolen motorcycle ran out of fuel.
“Na-ay mga silbiyan nga naka-report nga na-ay tawo nga samaron didto sa Mangima, ma-oy hinongdan nga mi-responde ang kapolisan sa Manolo ug ilang nadakpan ang maong suspect.” said Barela.
Barela said Pilhera was rushed to the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in San Miguel, Manolo Fortich, where he is being treated at presstime.
Agpoa said SPO1 Abecia shot Pilhera after the suspect attacked the officer and tried to take his gun on the road in Upper Puerto at around 1:30 pm.
Agpoa said Abecia, who was on a motorcycle, stopped a truck after he saw Pilhera stealing rice at the back of the vehicle. The truck, loaded with sacks of rice, was bound to Malaybalay city.
Abecia, according to Agpoa, was off duty at that time, and was headed home to Mambatangan, Barangay Ala-e, Manolo Fortich town.
Agpoa said Abecia instructed Pilhera to step down but the suspect delivered a strong blow to Abecia’s face.
“Pagka igo sa mata ni SPO1 Abecia, medyo napalong iyang panan-aw, ug gilayog dayon siya sa suspect kay bo-ot iligon ang iyang armas,” Agpoa said.
He said Abecia managed to secure his gun, and used it in shooting one of Pilhera’s feet.
Agpoa said the suspect managed to run, and fled using Abecia’s motorcycle.
The truck driver, Ramon Umandam, rushed the injured Abecia to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center.