1 dead, 1 wounded in aborted holdup PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 November 2013 10:57

An employee of a gasoline station cum grocery store was killed, while its owner’s daughter was wounded in a botched holdup in Mercedes last Thursday night.

Killed was Luciano Saavedra y Araneta, 54, married. Wounded was Julian Ruth Tan y Morales, 18, a student of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and daughter of the Tan family which owns the Shell gasoline station and grocery store at Kilometer 12 near Pasobolong.

Saavedra sustained two bullet wounds in the left part of the body and was declared dead on arrival in the hospital, while Tan was hit in the left part of the body and is still under medical treatment.

A police report disclosed that Saavedra who was Julian Ruth’s uncle was driving a Honda Civic car with her beside him in the front seat, her younger sister Lea and Lito Duzar, another employee, seated at the back seat on their way to Tan’s residence along Calle Real, Mercedes coming from the gasoline station-grocery store around 8:30 p.m.

Near the intersection of Calle Real and Isidro St., some 200 meters away from the Tan residence, Saavedra stopped the car to let Duzar alight in front of his nearby house. It was here that two men riding tandem on a Honda XRM motorcycle stopped on the left side of the car and the backrider knocked on the driver’s window, which prompted Saavedra to open it. The man however pointed a .45 caliber pistol on Saavedra and demanded to give him the bag containing the day’s earning of the gasoline station-grocery store.

Saavedra however resisted and grabbed the gun, but it went off and fired three times hitting him and Julian Ruth.

Thinking that the gunfire have alerted policemen and people in the neighborhood, the gunmen aborted the holdup and sped towards the city proper.

The victims were rushed to the hospital, where Saavedra was declared dead on arrival.

Police recovered an empty shell and a slug of .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene. – Dan Toribio Jr.