Riding-in-tandem armed holduppers strike again PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 October 2017 17:39


Despite the strict implementation of security measures in the city in connection with the month-long Hermosa Festival, motorcycle riding in tandem holduppers struck again this time victimizing two young adults by divesting them with cash and cellphones at gun point last Friday dawn in MCLL Highway, Putik, this city.

The riding-in-tandem holduppers were also tagged by the police as the suspects in the earlier shooting of two passengers who were onboard a public tricycle shortly before Friday midnight at the same place.

According to the Divisoria Police Station, at around 1:45 a.m. yesterday Joshua Bartilet Jalon, 22, single of Guiwan Porcentro, and Analin Delos Reyes Mendoza, 23, single of Putik were walking along MCLL Highway, Putik near the Early Birds Eatery when two unidentified persons onboard a motorcycle suddenly stopped where the backrider draw a handgun and pointed at them. The gunman announced the holdup and forcibly took their Cherry Mobile cellphone and wallet containing cash amounting P1,800.

In the report of the victims to the police, they said that the motorcycle used by the holduppers is an RS 150 single motorcycle color red with white. They also described the backrider as a middle-aged man, large in built, dark in complexion and with beard. He was also sporting a black cap and a jacket with the word KORN printed in bold letters.

Meanwhile, just in a span of two hours another incident was reported to the Divisoria Police wherein it said that motorcycle riding-in-tandem suspects shot two passengers who are riding a public tricycle. The police report added that fortunately all the shots fired by the gunman who was the backrider missed and no one was hurt. The shooting incident happened just few meters from Zamcelco Main Office in Putik.

The police disclosed that Johan Kingking Shri-Jehana, 24, single, Yazcor Abdulhalim Johan, 42, single, both of Sto. Nio, Putik along with the tricycle driver identified as Randy Gelito of San Jose Road, were aboard a tricycle travelling from Putik to downtown when they noticed that two men riding tandem on a RS 150 motorcycle were tailing them.

Before they reached Zamcelco, the backrider pulled a pistol and suddenly opened fire at them but luckily no one was hit. The alert driver drove the tricycle towards the entrance gate of Zamcelco where they sought assistance from the guards on duty.

A security guard immediately reported the incident to the Divisoria Police Station.

Initial investigation disclosed that the description of the motorcycle-riding suspects in the holdup matched with the description of the two suspects in the shooting incident.

The Divisoria police have conducted a deeper probe in order to identify and arrest the suspects.

They are also interviewing people living in the area to collect more information about the identities of the suspects. (Dan Toribio)