QC cops nab 3 bus robbers

March 31, 2010 11:04 pm 

MANILA, March 31 – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said Wednesday its operatives have arrested three suspected bus robbers belonging to the ‘Bahala na Gang’ (Come what may) in a follow-up operation conducted by operatives of QCPD’s Kamuning Police Station (PS-10).

In his report to QCPD director Chief Superintendent Elmo San Diego, QCPD station 10 commander Supt. Victor Arevalo identified the suspects as Norman Clemente, 25, of Dama De Noche St. Project 6; John Mark Matayong, 18, of No. 77 Scout Tuazon, Barangay South Triangle; and Junski Teralde, 20, of No.73 Road 1 Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City.

Arevalo said initial investigation showed that at around 1:00 p.m, March 27, 2010, the suspects posed as passengers inside a Devine Transport Bus (TXR 321) driven by Tirso Agustin bound for Baclaran, Pasay City.

Upon reaching the Quezon Avenue fly-over, one of the suspects armed with a handgun, approached the driver and told him to keep driving and announced the hold-up, shouting at the passengers, “This is a Hold up, heads down and don’t look back!”

The other suspects, armed with knives, divested the passengers of cash and other valuables, including the bus conductor’s collections amounting to P700.00.

The suspects alighted near the Kamuning-GMA MRT Station and were seen fleeing towards NIA Road in Barangay Pinyahan.

The victims reported the incident to the Kamuning Police Station and operatives, led by Police Inspectors Hector Ortencio and Carlito De Castro, rushed to NIA Road in pursuit.

The bus driver and conductor gave the descriptions of the suspects and accompanied the pursuing police team.

The suspects were spotted casually walking along NIA Road. A brief chase ensued when the suspects sensed police presence that resulted in their arrest.

Policemen seized from Norman Clemente a cal. 38 with three live bullets while Matayong and Beralde yielded a fan knife and a dagger.

The suspects were brought to the Kamuning police station and were positively identified by their victims as the same persons who perpetrated the crime.

The suspects face charges for robbery hold-up, illegal possession of firearm and deadly weapons and violation of the existing Comelec election gun ban. (PNA)

DCT/JCA

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