Juvy Zamora, a suspected swindler known for targeting OFWs, has been arrested by members of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Police Intelligence and Investigation Division (PIID). Zamora is the chief suspect in an incident from November 12 where newly-arrived OFW Gemalie Martin was robbed while waiting for her connecting flight to Tuguegarao.
According to police reports no the incident, the suspect, Zamora, befriended Martin. The pair bonded while at the airport and waiting for Martin’s flight. At some point, Martin withdrew P270,000 from a nearby ATM. The suspect accompanied Martin to the ladies’ room. It was here where the theft occurred. As Martin stepped out of the ladies’ room, she discovered that the suspect, Zamora, was no where to be found. Along with Zamora disappeared MArtin’s belongings, including a bag containing her recently withdrawn cash, an additional $10,000 HK dollars, four mobile phones, jewelry, her passport, and other important documents.
In the initial stages of the investigation, Martin identified another individual as the suspect when shown a photo gallery by police.
However, PIID officials reviewed CCTV footage from the restaurant where Martin and Zamora dined to properly identify the suspect as Juvy Zamora. Zamora is a resident of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Under the instruction of Airport Police Department (APD) chief, Romeo Labador, PIID operatives proceeded to Zamora’s residence. She was apprehended in Bulacan on Wednesday night.
Martin’s documents and several of her stolen items were recovered through the operation. However, the total cash amount was not recovered.
Zamora, who is currently being held in a detention cell at the APD headquarters, will be charged with violations of Articles 308 and 151 of the Revised Penal Code. These have already been filed against Zamora at the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.