AFTER 18 YEARS OF HIDING: Rape suspect caught

BACOLOD City – He had been hiding from the police for about 18 years.

The 59-year-old Joelito De la Serna was arrested over a rape charge around 7:50 a.m. on Sunday in Purok Paghidait, Barangay Bato, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, a police report showed.

De la Serna – a resident of Barangay Minapasok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental – was nabbed on the strength of an arrest warrant issued in Cadiz City on Oct. 4, 2001.

He was detained in the Sagay City police station’s custodial facility.

The court recommended no bail bond for De la Serna’s temporary liberty./PN


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