MABALACAT -- Five persons, including two minors, were apprehended and charged in court by the town police after being suspected of carnapping a tricycle in Barangay Dau here Wednesday.

The arrested suspects were identified as Jayson Cajala, 19, of Northville 15, Cutud, Angeles City; Marlon Majia, 18, of Biglang Sibol, Dau, this town; Jimmy Moneva, 18, of Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City; Totey (not his real name), 16; and Arjay (not his real name), 15.

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The suspects were involved in a theft case where a tricycle was stolen from Adorable Dela Peña, 63, of Barangay Dau Wednesday morning.

Shortly after the incident, Dela Peña reported the incident to the Dau Police Station.

Senior Inspector Jowen Dela Cruz led a team of cops and conducted a hot pursuit operation against the suspect.

Dela Cruz said the suspects were spotted riding the stolen motorcycle along the national highway in said village here.

Police officers pursued the suspects who were mauled by tricycle drivers who learned about the incident.

Dela Cruz said the side car of the tricycle was later recovered at Sitio Kadenang Kristal in Barangay Sapang Biabas in this town.

Cajala, Majia, and Moneva were charged with Carnapping (Theft) but the two minors were referred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (Reynaldo G. Navales)