3 armed men
rob taxi driver
A taxi driver reported that three armed men held him up and took his P1,800 in cash collection, at about 11:45 p.m. Friday at 24th-Aguinaldo streets, Bacolod City.
Danilo Cabarles, 41, of Rodriguez Baybay, Brgy. 35, Bacolod and employed by the Morning Star Taxi, said the suspects flagged down his taxi at the Bacolod public plaza at about 11 p.m.
Cabarles said the suspects asked him to bring them to 24th-Aguinaldo streets but when they arrived in the area, they threatened him with bladed weapons, declared a hold-up, and took his cash and the keys of his taxi before fleeing towards Brgy. 2, Bacolod.
Case investigator, Police Officer 2 Leomel Guinanao, told the DAILY STAR they already have leads on the identities of the suspects but could not give further details while the investigation is ongoing.
However, Guinanao added that he found some inconsistencies in the statement of the taxi driver, that may affect the solution of the crime.
A minor wanted for robbery was also apprehended at about 5:30, Friday at his house in Brgy. Ayungon, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental by Bacolod Station 4 policemen.
Station 4 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Aquitania said the suspect, 15, whose name is being withheld for being a minor, was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Anita Guanzon, who set his bail at P12,000.
Aquitania said the minor has been endorsed to the Bacolod City Social Development Center.*APN
Guards nab ‘thief’
A man who allegedly stole the bag of a tenant was arrested by security guards of a mall at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, at about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Case investigator, Senior Police Officer 2 Dante Victor Escorpion, identified the suspect as Jackson Jimenea, 34, of Purok Boulevard, Brgy. 30, Bacolod.
Jimenea was apprehended by security guards Randy Floteña and Johnrey Javoc, both detailed at the 888 Chinatown Square mall, on complaint of Raquela Ampawa, 30, of San Sebastian Street, Bacolod.
Ampawa sought the help of the guards when she saw Jimenea stealing her bag, that was placed on top of the table inside her stall. She said Jimenea tried to escape by running to the second floor of the mall but was cornered by the guards, who recovered her bag.
A PSP game console worth P7,500, two cellular phones valued at P5,000, and wallet with P5,000 in cash were still in her bag but another wallet, that contained P28,000 in cash, was missing, Ampawa said.
Unidentified suspects also ransacked a house in Purok Barakuda in Brgy. 1 Bacolod City Saturday and took several items, and cash worth P17,350.
Chester Argus, 18, said he discovered the theft when he arrived home at about 10:20 a.m.
Among the items stolen, he said, were an IPOD worth P6,000, a Nokia 3120 Classic colored silver worth P6,000, a gold watch worth P5,000 and P350 in cash.*APN/RQB
Two men mauled
Two men were injured when unidentified persons ganged up on them at the junction of San Agustin and 21st streets, in Bacolod City, at about 3 a.m. Saturday.
Police identified those injured as Cleofer John Brobido, 20, of Purok Paghidaet, Brgy. Tangub, and Alfred Valle, 22, of Purok Mars, Brgy. Singcang-Airport, both in Bacolod.
Brobido and Valle told the police that they came from a nearby establishment and were on their way home when the suspects attacked them, police reports said.
Brobido sustained a stab wound on his left arm while Valle had injuries on his head and face where one of their attackers hit him with an empty bottle, the police report added.
The victims were rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital but were later released as their injuries were not serious. The suspects evaded arrest.
Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Robert Dejucos said they are yet to establish the motive behind the incident.*APN