‘3 members’ of Ozamiz robbery group nabbed

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

POLICE arrested three alleged members of a robbery group in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City yesterday morning.

Nelson, Harold and Eldie were caught by operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Branch, led by Senior Insp. Mark Sucalit.

Their arrest came after a suspected drug pusher was caught in a buy-bust in Bogo City last Wednesday.


Last names withheld

Cebu Provincial Police Office Acting Director Patrocinio Comendador asked reporters to withhold the family names of the suspects, who are in their mid-20s, because they are still conducting follow-up operations.

He said he received reports the suspects, who hail from Zamboanga del Sur, belong to an Ozamiz robbery group.

They are also not discounting the possibility the three men are guns-for-hire, he said.

Comendador said they caught the suspects after they served an arrest warrant against their companion, who has a murder case.

Two .45 pistols with 12 bullets, a .38 revolver with five bullets, a hand grenade, four sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalia were allegedly recovered from them.

Nelson denied they are robbers and paid killers. He said he and his cou-sin Harold are jeep-ney conductors.

More denial

“Binuang na nga esturya (The accusations are not true),” he said.

Eldie, for his part, said he has been a construction worker for four years.

Nelson said the .45 pistol was given to them by a friend. However, he denied they owned the other guns, grenade and the sachets of shabu.

Comendador said they are coordinating with the Mandaue City Police Office because the suspects might be involved in the death of businessman Antonio Ouano. He said the group’s hideout is in northern Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 06, 2011.

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