‘Robber’ shot, killed in checkpoint

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


A CHECKPOINT operation on A.S. Fortuna St., Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City late Monday night came to a bloody end after two motorcycle-riding robbers refused to yield to the police.

Richard Caborda, 36, of Barangay Labangon, Cebu City died from a gunshot wound in the abdomen after he was shot by one of the police operatives after he allegedly attempted to draw his gun.

His cohort Rojerd Bacarisas, 28, of Barangay Tisa, Cebu City was hit in the leg when he allegedly attempted to flee on board the black XRM motorcycle.

Senior Insp. Philip Silva, head of Police Station 4 of the Mandaue City Police Office, said they beefed up their checkpoint operations after a series of robbery incidents in the area involving men on motorcycles.

Most of the victims were call center agents who were heading to work at night or
civilians who have just withdrawn money from the bank.

This is also part of their crime clock analysis, which shows the time of day or night that street criminals are most active, Silva added.

SPO3 Renerio Pantillas of the Police Station 4 said the incident took place at 11:30 p.m. when the alleged robbers were caught during a checkpoint.

The suspects allegedly had just robbed Anne Francis Torion, 23, in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City, where they took her green shoulder bag.

Inside the bag were a Samsung tablet worth P10,000, wallet with P500 and assorted things, Pantillas said.

While the police team was checking other motorists, they were informed of the robbery incident.

As the alleged robbers were approaching A.S. Fortuna St., police flagged them down. Instead of stopping, they allegedly turned back.

They were hailed again by a couple of policemen who were several meters away, but didn’t heed the signal.

As the robbers were taking off, Caborda allegedly pulled out a .38 snubnosed revolver and aimed at the police officers.

This prompted the policemen to shoot the suspects. When they were hit, the motorcycle fell.

Torion passed by the crime scene and identified the two men who took her bag.

The robbers were brought to Mandaue City District Hospital, but Caborda died before he could receive any treatment.

Bacarisas was transferred to Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City.

Seized from Bacarisas’s possession were a .22 magnum revolver with four bullets and a small pack of suspected shabu.

Silva, in a separate interview, said his men did not intend to kill Caborda, but only wanted to immobilize him.

“They were in actual performance of duty. Wala ‘toy (There was no) malice,” he said.

Complaints of robbery, illegal possession of firearms and drugs will be filed against Bacarisas.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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