Mall guards now 'persons of interest'

One of the security guards of JCentre Mall, shown here in a photo provided by a netizen, surveys one of the four outlets that were robbed by 15 armed men last Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The guard in the photo along with his colleagues on-duty at that time will be subjected to an investigation by the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7). (Contributed foto/Tom Joshua Seno)

ALL security guards who were on-duty at the JCentre Mall in Mandaue City at the time four of its establishments were robbed by armed men have been considered as "persons of interest, a police official said on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

Police Col. Ildebrande Usana, Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) deputy director for administration, said they included the security guards in their investigation as they want to know how they failed to initially detect the firearms brought inside the mall by the robbers.

Usana said they also secured the names of the four robbers that remained at large and were reportedly carrying the stolen loot.

Usana said they are also willing to cooperate should the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) initiate an investigation on the deaths of the four robbers in Bogo City last Sunday, Oct. 20.

Usana defended the action of his personnel, adding that the move of police officers to neutralize the four robbers was necessary due to suspicions that they may be members of the notorious Ozamis Robbery Group.

Members of the group would reportedly fight back even if cornered by police, Usana added.(FROM AYB OF SUPERBALITA CEBU/JKV)


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