High-powered firearms seized-A A +A
Saturday, September 22, 2012
TWO high-powered firearms were recovered by operatives of Station 4 from two suspects who were nabbed when they tried to kill their target at Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City Thursday afternoon.
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Director Ricardo De la Paz identified the suspects as Richie Yulo, 29, of Perla-Ylac Streets, Barangay Villamonte and Joshua Cagalcal, 19, of Purok 42, Bayanihan, Barangay Villamonte.
The investigation revealed that the suspects have bad intentions on complainant Cesar Policarpio, 62, of Javelona Street, Barangay Villamonte because they were armed with: a 9mm caliber semi-automatic short rifle with sling without serial number; one magazine containing 10 live ammunition; and a 45 caliber MK IV/ Series 70 pistol with holster and one magazine containing five live ammunition.
Policarpio told police that at 5 p.m. that Yulo arrived riding at the back of a red XRM Honda motorcycle, which was driven by Cagalcal.
De la Paz said the confrontation resulted into a heated argument.
Yulo then pulled out his pistol but Policarpio and his son were able to wrestle the suspect, who fired but no one was hit, De la Paz said.
De la Paz added the two suspects were immediately arrested and the said firearms were recovered from Yulo’s possession.
Police also recovered from the crime scene one empty shell of 45 caliber pistol and one
unit of Honda XRM motorcycle.
De la Paz said Yulo also presented his firearm license for his .45 caliber with date issued May 17, 2011 and will expire on October 12, 2013. However, when he presented his permit to carry firearms outside of residence, it was discovered that it already expired last August 8, 2012.
He said Yulo also failed to present the documents for his improvised semi-automatic short rifle 9mm.
He added they will conduct further investigation against the suspects’ possession of the said high powered firearms, noting that only PNP members or the Philippine Army are allowed to carry firearms.
The city director added that Policarpio will file attempted homicide against the two suspects while BCPO will also file charges for violation of Republic Act 8294.
The two suspects are presently detained at the lock up cell of Station 4. (Merlinda A. Pedrosa)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 22, 2012.