Wanted rapist wanting to date a female cop nabbed

A MAN wanted for a rape case in Bicol with no bail recommended on Wednesday was arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Office of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group when he showed up to meet a policewoman whom he tried to date following their exchanges of Facebook messages, CIDG-NCR chief Colonel Arnold Thomas C. Ibay told the People's Journal yesterday.

Rex Gonzaga, 34, of Barangay Iyagan, Baao, Camarines Sur, who has been tagged as the province’s 10th most wanted person showed up in Pook Pag-asa in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, to have an ‘eyeball’ with his Facebook friend 5 p.m. Wednesday and was promptly arrested by waiting CIDG-NCR operatives.

According to the official, they went after the suspect following an intelligence packet provided by the PNP Intelligence Group headed by Brigadier General Joseph Ulysses C. Gohel.

Ibay said one of their female agents contacted the suspect through Facebook Messenger and lured him into believing she was looking for a date.

Ibay said that the scheme was so effective that the wanted rape suspect showed up in Batasan Hills to meet his would-be date.

The suspect was arrested on the strength of a warrant for rape issued by Judge Martessa Nuylan-Rodriquez of the Iriga City Regional Trial Court Branch 57 with no bail recommended.