SAF trooper linked to Divisoria gun attack, surrenders to police PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 September 2017 17:20

By DAN TORIBIO

A policeman of the Special Action Force and resident of Lumbangan voluntarily surrendered to the Divisoria Police Station after a witness linked him in the gun attack in Santiago Road in Divisoria killing a “perya” bettor and wounding his brother-in-law last Tuesday night.

PO1 Andrew Albert Weesit y Dela Cruz was placed under police custody after he voluntarily turned over himself to the police officers investigating the case Friday night. He also surrendered his government issued 9mm pistol which was submitted by the police investigators to the PNP Crime Laboratory for ballistic examinations.

A report from the City Police Office disclosed that no less than Weesit’s immediate superior officer, Sr. Insp. Jamar Tagayan made the proper coordination with the Divisoria police for the voluntary surrender.

Initial investigation showed that a witness positively identified Weesit as one of the  two gunmen who shot Reynold Lam and his brother-in-law Reagan Bantanton in Santiago Road, Divisoria. The victims were on their way home to the city proper after playing and winning in the perya in barangay Lumbangan when the incident happed.

Lam died few hours in the hospital while Bantanton is now recovering from his gunshot wound.

The report said that Lam and Bantanton reportedly won a big amount of money at the perya before they were shot.

It was also learned that the winning cash of the victims was missing after the shooting.

Acting City Police Director Sr. Supt. Neri Vincent Ignacio said that Weesit will be charged for murder and frustrated murder. – Dan Toribio