Three ‘robbers' arrested
Three suspected robbers, one of them about to lob a hand grenade at policemen, were arrested in Brgy. 8, and at the downtown area in Bacolod City yesterday.
Senior Insp. Neil Exaltado, head of the Bacolod City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said they were on their way to a stakeout operation in Brgy. 8 at about 1:40 p.m. yesterday when they saw Erol Donguines, alias "Bulldog", 27, of Purok Narra Baybay playing mahjong in the barangay.
Knowing that he has a pending arrest warrant, one of the policemen arrested Donguines, who fought back and took out an MK2 pineapple type grenade from his pocket. However, the policemen were able to subdue Donguines and wrested the grenade from him, Exaltado said.
City Police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, told the DAILY STAR that Donguines has an arrest warrant for robbery, issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Pepito Gellada, who set his bail at P100,000.
Police records show that Donguines, Ike Perez Bautista, and Ritchie Treyes Sanz have been tagged in the robbery of the NICA gasoline station in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod, on April 9, 2007.
Bautista was arrested then, while Donguines and Sanz were able to escape and were identified by the pump boy through the police Rogues' Gallery.
Ordaniel has ordered the filing of charges for illegal possession of explosives, attempted murder, direct assault and violation of the COMELEC gun ban against Donguines, who is now detained at the lockup cell of Police Station 1.
Meanwhile, Enrico Viñarta, 33, and Russell Obero, 30, of Brgy. Concepcion in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, were apprehended by Station 1 policemen, when they allegedly attempted to rob a Filoil gasoline station at about 1 a.m. yesterday. Their two companions, however, were able to escape.
Station 1 commander, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, said the pump boy, whose name he withheld, told the police he had noticed the suspects on a tricycle going back and forth earlier yesterday, and came back later to buy diesel fuel.
When one of the suspects alighted from the tricycle, his bladed weapon fell to the pavement and this prompted the gasoline boy to seek help, Pangue added.
He said the suspects fled but policemen arrested them near the King's Hotel after a brief chase, and recovered bladed weapons from them. Their two unidentified companions fled on foot.
Viñarta said he and Obero went to Bacolod and brought fuel because his driver, whose name he did not disclose, informed him through text that his tricycle had run out of petroleum.
He said it was while they were parking near the King's Hotel that the policemen suddenly arrested them.
Viñarta claimed they had no plans to rob the gasoline station, or other establishments.*APN
Businessman's car stolen
A businessman sought police help Sunday, claiming that someone took his vehicle that was parked in front of a grocery store in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City.
Bacolod City Police Special Operations Group head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, yesterday said the wife of Edgar Millama parked his grey Ford Everest with plate number FHH916, in front of the Save More store, where she did her grocery shopping.
However, when she returned at about 3 p.m., the vehicle was gone and reported it to the police, Rapiz said.
Station 4 commander, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales, told the DAILY STAR they have coordinated with other police stations in the province and with the Highway Patrol Group for the immediate recovery of the vehicle.
Rosales said they are also coordinating with the management of the grocery store so they could view the video recorded by their closed circuit television camera for the identification of the suspect or suspects.
He said anyone who may see the vehicle could contact Police Station 4 through telephone number 708-3721, or 0939-9166648.*APN