Suspect nabbed after foot chase

Posted on Nov 27 2019

A man wanted on charges of robbery, kidnapping, impersonating an officer, and disturbing the peace was apprehended yesterday by police in Finasisu after a short foot chase.

Police arrested Daniel Muña Quitugua at about 10:39am Tuesday in Finasisu after receiving a tip that he was driving a white Lexus SUV less than an hour earlier at 9:30am.

Police responded to the area and noticed a white SUV matching the description heading east along Tun Joaquin Doi Road. When police tried to stop the vehicle, the driver of the white SUV began to accelerate away from police.

Quitugua’s vehicle was finally intercepted in the village of Finasisu. As police got down their vehicles to approach the SUV, Quitugua was seen fleeing his vehicle on foot and running toward a private residence in Finasisu. After a brief chase on foot, officers managed to catch and apprehend Quitugua. He was taken to the Department of Corrections where he was booked and detained.

Quitugua is wanted on charges of robbery, kidnapping, impersonating an officer, and disturbing the peace.

Officers of the Department of Public Safety arrest Daniel Muna Quitugua yesterday morning after a brief chase on foot in Finasisu. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

According to police, they received a 911 call last July 12 at about 2pm about a theft incident at Kannat Tabla.

At the scene officers met with the caller who said Quitugua impersonated a police officer and robbed him of $700. The victim said Quitugua fled on a white RAV4 Toyota with license plate ADD-375. The victim contacted his supervisor, who later called for police assistance.

Officers later tracked the vehicle’s license plate to a car rental company. The rental company told officers that Quitugua rented the RAV4 from July 11, 2019, through July 12, 2019.

The victim said he was led to believe that Quitugua was an undercover police officer.

Officers made several attempts to interview Quitugua since July 17, 2019, through Sept. 13, 2019, but Quitugua would schedule a date and time to meet with officers but wouldn’t call or show up.

On Nov. 20, 2019, at about 3:23pm, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho signed and authorized the issuance of an arrest warrant for Quitugua, with a cash bail set at $25,000. (PR)

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