‘Spider-Man’ and gang rob e-casino in QC
Cops kill 3 of 5 suspects; not sure if masked ‘superhero’ was among slainBy Nancy C. Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Their break-in may be “amazing,” but their getaway, not quite.
Five masked men, one of them wearing a Spider-Man mask, robbed an online casino before three of them were killed in what police said was a shoot-out in Quezon City before dawn on Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Cris Mendoza, Novaliches station commander of the Quezon City Police District, said the armed men barged into an e-game outlet on the third floor of Pascual Building on Quirino Highway, Barangay Gulod, at around 2 a.m.
After disarming the security guard outside, the suspects forced the two casino employees and three customers to lie face down on the floor as they took the outlet’s earnings and customers’ personal effects, before fleeing in a white Toyota Revo.
Mendoza said the cashier alerted the police through an emergency hotline immediately after the suspects left. A QCPD mobile patrol unit, which happened to be in the area, chased the suspects and caught up with them on Samonte Road near the corner of SB Road in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon.
The three suspects killed in the shoot-out were not immediately identified.
The two other suspects abandoned the Revo and escaped on foot.
According to Mendoza, the stolen items were not recovered from the slain suspects. These included some P100,000 in cash and valuables, including a mobile phone and two gold rings.
It was also not established whether the suspect who entered the casino masked as Spider-Man was among the three who were killed or the two who escaped.
(A Hollywood movie on the comic book superhero is currently showing in Manila.)
The rest of the suspects wore bonnets to cover faces their faces during the robbery, Mendoza said, quoting the victims.
The Spider-Man mask and the four bonnets were recovered in the suspects’ vehicle.
Also found in the Revo were two .45-cal. pistols and the casino guard’s .38-cal. revolver.