Pinoy under house arrest in US; wants to start a new life

By Connie Macatula-De Leon, ABS-CBN North America

Posted at Apr 21 2014 01:13 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2014 09:13 PM

DEKALB, Ill. – Ryan Pre, a 22-year-old Filipino, is currently under house arrest and waiting for the court’s decision on five charges filed against him.

Those charges are possession of marijuana, theft, aggravated battery, harassing a witness, and phone harassment.

His troubles with the law have taken a toll on him.

Pre was recently rushed to the hospital after he reportedly told his court-appointed counselor he wanted to commit suicide.

His downward spiral started on the Fourth of July last year.

Pre, together with his friends, reportedly got into a tussle with three men at a park.

Pre allegedly ended up stabbing one of the men, who suffered a punctured lung.

Following the fight, Pre was among those arrested. He spent 10 days in jail before posting bail.

But after he was released, Pre reportedly began harassing a witness to the fight via phone and social media.

Harassing a witness is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Pre has since been on electronic home monitoring or house arrest while waiting for the court’s decision.

Pre said that the ankle bracelet that he wears 24/7 costs him $6.75 a day. This is a cost that causes him to think twice about how he’s lived his life.

“I shouldn’t have hung out with those people that I hung out with,” Pre said. “I trusted them but they wanted to do what’s best for them instead of saving me. They knew the whole story but didn’t want to deal with the police.”

Pre said he had a promising future until he quit as a high school freshman.

Pre said being bullied when he was young and not having a father figure growing up contributed to his troubled life hitting rock bottom.

Pre now wants to share his life so other young kababayans can learn from his experience and choose to live a trouble-free life.

Now, he is looking forward to a better future.

“My plan is to get out of house arrest, move to Florida, and start a new life," Pre said.