- Pinoy KFR leader nabbed in Bangkok, Thailand
- Patrick Philip Alemania hid in Thailand since 2004
- Alemania allegedly masterminded the abduction of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in 2003
A notorious leader of a kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) group who masterminded the abduction of a Filipino-Chinese businessman in 2003 was nabbed in Thailand after 12 years in hiding.
41-year-old Patrick Philip Alemania, a key leader of the dreaded Fajardo KFR gang who has a P175,000 bounty on his head, was nabbed by elements of the Royal Thai Police in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) at the Rom Klao District in Bangkok on July 5.
“The successful arrest of the wanted kidnapper is the result of a strong relationship of the PNP, Royal Thai Police and International Police Agency through the constant exchange of information in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminality,” PNP-AKG Director P/Sr. Supt. Manolo Ozaeta said.
A Bangkok Post article noted that Alemania fled the Philippines in February 2004 and entered Thailand. He worked in Bangkok as an English teacher by day and part-time band member/singer by night.
During questioning, Alemania said he chose to hide in Thailand because Thais and Filipinos look similar and it would be easier for him to conceal his true identity and evade capture.
Alemania was deported back to the Philippines. He arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before midnight on Saturday, July 9.
According to the police, some of the arrested suspect’s relatives came to see him at the airport, but were prevented by authorities to get close to him. The handcuffed Alemania was immediately whisked to a waiting police vehicle and was brought to Camp Crame for detention.