Motorcycle thief claims 'possession by spirits'

Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 09 2017 08:18 PM

The stolen motorcycle recovered from the suspect. Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Police have arrested a suspect in the theft of a motorcycle in the town of Katipunan.

Rogelio Somosa, 20 years old, was nabbed two days after he attacked a habal-habal (motorcyle taxi) driver and took his vehicle in Barangay Dr. Jose Rizal.

The victim said Somosa was his passenger two days ago. Somosa allegedly asked to alight from the motorcycle along a dark stretch of road to pick up his hat which fell off. 

The victim said that moments later, he was hit on the head with a hard object. The suspect then fled with his motorcycle. 

Police recovered the stolen motorcycle from Somosa, sans its license plate.

According to SPO4 Allan Elopre they were able to identify the stolen motorcycle through its chassis and engine number.

Somosa denied involvement in the crime and said that he was being possessed by spirits.

Somosa was charged with carnapping and may face additional charges of physical injury.