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Suspected thief slain in Nueva Ecija

/ 03:55 PM January 10, 2019

TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija-–An alleged thief was killed in an 8 p.m. clash with policemen on Wednesday (Jan. 9) in Barangay (village) Sampaloc here.

Francisco Valenzuela fired at police officers in an unlit road, but an accomplice managed to flee in a motorcycle, said Supt. Alexie Desamito, town police chief.

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Patrolling policemen chased after Valenzuela after a car owner screamed for help when she caught them in the act of breaking into her car.

The screams made by Leny Rose Balaguidan, 39, manager of a cosmetics distribution company, may have startled the suspects, Desamito said. One of the suspects fired in the air before driving off.

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The policemen cornered them at the road which led to a gunfight.

Investigators said Valenzuela had a handgun, a black sling bag and two sachets of what could be shabu (crystal meth).

Desamito said Valenzuela had been detained before for another theft complaint. Security camera footage shows Valenzuela ransacking a van parked in front of a restaurant in Barangay Dinarayat here in late 2018, she said. Armand Galang/lzb

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