NoCot jail escapee nabbed in S. Kudarat

Supt. Mamalinta “Teng” Tocao, Sultan Kudarat provincial police director, identified the fugitive as Solaiman Kapusan alias Tugal who, along with more than 40 prisoners, escaped when armed men raided the jail last Feb. 1.

Kapusan is facing a string of theft and robbery cases.

Tocao said that the escapee did not resist arrest when he was collared by elements of the Lambayong PNP 9 a.m. Monday while he was walking along a busy street at the poblacion in Lambayong.

His arrest came after a tip from a concerned citizen, police said.

“He was under surveillance for weeks. When we finally confirmed that he was indeed one of those who escaped from Amas Jail, we immediately conducted operations and collared the guy,” said Tocao in a radio interview.

Kapusan is now under the custody of the Lambayong PNP, to be turned over to the North Cotabato Provincial Police Office anytime today.

Tocao said they already coordinated with North Cotabato Gov. Manny Piñol about the arrest of Kapusan.

Piñol, a day after the jail raid last February, issued an order for the arrest of the Amas Jail escapees and offered considerable amount to those who can bring in the fugitives “dead or alive.”

Of the more than 40 escapees, only three were recovered while one died when they exchanged gunfires with the military during a pursuit operation in Kabacan, North Cotabato.

The other escapees are believed hiding in the boundary of Carmen and Kabacan towns in North Cotabato. Most of the fugitives that joined the jail break are facing kidnapping, murder, and drug trafficking charges.