Cops arrest ‘accomplice,’ gunman of Yu still at large

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


THE alleged driver of the motorcycle ridden by the gunman who shot a businesswoman in Mandaue City was arrested by the police last Saturday afternoon.

A team from the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) caught the suspect, identified as David Llanto, 35, a resident of Barangay Mantuyong, Mandaue City, at the old public market around 5 p.m.

Llanto, detained at the Police Station 2 in Barangay Subangdaku, denied any involvement in the crime, Noval said.

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“But he was positively identified by two police officers who were there during the shooting,” SPO3 Marcos Noval Jr. of the MCPO Investigation and Detection Management Branch told Sun.Star Cebu.

Noval said a .38 revolver loaded with five bullets was recovered from Llanto.

Imelda Tio Yu, 44, the manager of the Sun Gold Enterprises branch in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, died after an unidentified gunman shot her while she was riding a tricycle under the flyover in Barangay Maguikay past 6 p.m. last Friday.

Yu, who sustained a gunshot wound in her chest, died at the Mandaue City District Hospital past 8 p.m. The tricycle driver and another passenger were also wounded in the shooting.

The police are still searching for the gunman, identified only as Ongod. Noval said a cartographic sketch of the gunman may be made.

The police have yet to establish the motive of the killing, and whether someone hired the suspects to kill the businesswoman.

“As of now, it is hard to link anyone else to the crime,” he said in a phone interview.

Investigators discounted robbery as the motive as the victim, a resident of Maguikay, did not have valuables with her, not even a phone, during the incident.

Yu, who reportedly used to commute, was on her way home after buying some groceries at a market in Maguikay.

The gunman and his driver fled on board a black XRM motorcycle.

Noval said two police officers were in the area but they were unable to fire a warning shot since they were concerned about the safety of the people in the area.

They were also unable to chase the suspects, as they attended to the victims first.

Noval said that the police officers and Llanto even had a friendly chat prior to the shooting.

The police are preparing a case for murder with multiple physical injuries against LLanto and the gunman

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 26, 2014.

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