Cop trainee shot, hurt by 6 daring holduppers: 2 SUSPECTS NAMED PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:09

Men of City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo have identified two of six daring armed holduppers who shot and wounded a police trainee and hammered a clerk in the head in a daylight holdup at a jewelry pawnshop along crowded Jaldon St. at noon yesterday.

De Ocampo identified the two suspects as  ex-cop PO1 Abdulsalam Sakaluran and  Munib Aukasa alias Kimsar Ismael.

They were identified through their photographs that were shown to the clerks and security guard of Jasmin Jewelry and Pawnshop.

De Ocampo said that Sakaluran and Aukasa were behind the gunslaying of two policemen in Tungawan recently.

Aukasa was also tagged as the gunman who shot and killed SPO4 Saman Naing along RT Lim Boulevard last year.

In yesterday’s holdup-shooting, Val Agustini Santuan, who is on PNP’s Field Training Program, was wounded in the stomach from a .45 caliber pistol bullet, while Marisa Celerio, a clerk of the Jasmin Jewelry and Pawnshop, suffered injury in the forehead from a hammer blow made by one of the three Visayan-speaking holduppers.

Benito Cuajotor, the security guard of the jewelry-pawnshop, told the police that after taking his lunch at noon time inside the pawnshop, he left his post to brush his teeth and urinate at the comfort room.

He said while he was returning to his post and was approaching the door of the pawnshop, he heard the alarm-emergency bell ringing.  He met the three men outside while they were about to leave the place.

Cuajotor said that one of the three holduppers uttered, “mao na siya ang guardiya diri” (he is the guard here). Then suddenly the three men attacked Cuajotor and tried to grab his shotgun. Santuan, who was assigned along Mayor Jaldon St., without any side arm, rushed towards them but when he was about five meters away, one of the three holduppers opened fire, hitting him in the stomach.

When Santuan fell on the pavement, the holduppers hurriedly boarded a motorcycle which was parked in front of the pawnshop. It sped towards Buenavista St,, according to witnesses. The holduppers got away with assorted jewelry pieces.

Cuajotor said he rushed into the pawnshop where he found Celerio injured in the forehead after she was struck with a big steel hammer by one of the holduppers. Some of the jewelry cases of the store were destroyed and several jewelry pieces were missing.

Sr. Supt. Ocampo said they immediately conducted follow-up operations after they gathered a lead as to the group behind the daring heist.

De Ocampo said that what Santuan did despite he was unarmed was a meritorious act and commendable because he risked his life in responding to the incident.

Santuan along with two other PNP trainees and SPO1 Habil were designated in the intersection of Mayor Jaldon and Buenavista St.

Habil said he was taking his lunch when the holdup and shooting took place.

Last month, four employees of a pawnshop and jewelry store were robbed by eight men along San Jose Road.

The holduppers were also bringing a steel hammer which they used to smash the window of a Toyota Avanza where the pawnshop employees were riding. They got away with two bags containing money and jewelry. — Dan Toribio Jr.