CIDG bags 1 of suspects in Western Union Paranaque heist

February 1, 2013 10:54 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 1 — Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have arrested one of the six suspects involved in the Western Union Paranaque heist last Jan. 29.

CIDG head Director Samuel D. Pagdilao, Jr. identified the suspect as Melvin Macaranas Labastida, 32, a resident of Block 2 Lot 4, Saint Joseph Subdivision, Bacoor, Cavite.

Labastida, who also worked as a “promodiser” at SM Bacoor, was arrested Jan. 31 by members of the Task Group “Western Union.”

Witnesses had identified Labastida, as well as his motorcycle, a red/black motorcycle with plate number WQ- 3132, as one of the getaway vehicles used in the Western Union heist.

Labastida and five still unidentified suspects stormed a branch of the Western Union Cash Money Transfer in Barangay San Isidro, Paranaque City around 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 29.

According to the witnesses, two of the robbers disguised as customers while the four others stayed outside as lookout.

The suspects carted away some P60,000 cash, a cellular phone, the wallets of an employee and a customer, and the firearm of the security guard.

The suspects, armed with a baby Armalite, a carbine gun, a 9mm and caliber .45 pistol, took off on board two motorcycles when patrolling Paranaque policemen arrived at the scene.

The suspects fired at the responding policemen and escaped towards Baclaran area.

The Task Group “Western Union,” composed of the Southern Metro Manila CIDT, NCRCIDU and Paranaque City Police, continues to track down the other suspects.

Charges against Labastida are now being prepared in court. (PNA)

HBC/PFN

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