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‘Diligent in Posting’: How Social Media Led to the Arrest of a Long-Hunted Rape Suspect

In a breakthrough for law enforcement, police in Bulacan apprehended a rape suspect at a local carnival, aided by his frequent social media updates, including posts on “My Day.”

Here are some details from the report of ABS-CBN News.

The Arrest

On Thursday, authorities from the Amadeo Municipal Police Station executed the arrest of a 26-year-old man in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto. The suspect had been evading capture for over two years in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Camiling, Tarlac.

Additionally, police efforts were bolstered by the suspect’s active presence on Facebook, where he regularly shared updates from his workplace at the carnival. Despite attempting to conceal his identity by changing his name, his consistent posting habits provided crucial clues.

PMaj. Gilbert Derla, head of the Amadeo police, highlighted the suspect’s inadvertent role in his own capture: “He regularly posted about places, for example, the carnival where he was working. He was diligent in uploading content.” This diligence ultimately facilitated his tracking and subsequent arrest.

Police Insight

Derla elaborated on the investigative process, noting that police traced the suspect’s biking routes and pinpointed his location near the carnival grounds where he resided. Social media updates, such as ‘My Day’ posts and selfies, provided further confirmation of his whereabouts.

The suspect, now identified as one of Cavite province’s most wanted persons, faces serious charges of rape. The case underscores the growing role of digital footprints in modern law enforcement and highlights the importance of online vigilance in tracking down fugitives.

Furthermore, the arrest marks a significant victory for authorities grappling with fugitive apprehension. It serves as a poignant reminder of the dual-edged nature of social media, which, while serving as a platform for personal expression, can also unwittingly aid in criminal investigations and bring perpetrators to justice.

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