2 minors arrested for stealing from Korean, Syrian nationals in Manila
MANILA, Philippines — Two minors were taken under police custody after allegedly snatching the cellphone and wallet of two foreigners in Ermita, Manila on Wednesday night.
A report from Ermita police station disclosed that the suspects in the robbery are boys aged 16 years old and 17 years old.
The two reportedly victimized Hwang Dooho, 21, a Korean national; and Mohmad Aljaroc, 51, a Syrian national.
Initial investigation showed that Aljaroc was walking along Mabini Street corner Salas Street when the two suspects riding a motorcycle without plate number appeared from behind and stole his cellphone worth P85,000 at around 10 p.m.
As the minors tried to escape, Aljaroc got into his car and followed the suspects along J. Bocobo Street.
Upon reaching the area, Aljaroc spotted the same minors stealing Dooho’s wallet containing cash worth P20,000, casino card and business card.
This prompted Aljaroc to hit the suspects, causing the minors to fall off the motorcycle.
One of the suspects managed to run away while Aljaroc brought the other suspect to Ermita police station.
Members of Remedios police community precinct conducted a follow-up operation and apprehended the other teenager.
The minors were turned over to the Manila Police District’s Women and Children’s Police Desk.
According to Lt. Col. Igmedio Bernaldez, Ermita police chief, authorities are still verifying details on the suspects’ background.
He also noted that they received initial information that the suspects’ motorcycle was used in previous robbery cases.
“As of this time, chine-check pa namin yung records pero may info na kami. May mga previous cases kasi ito yung motor na ginamit na previous na na-biktima [ng snatching,]” Bernaldez told INQUIRER.net in a phone interview. /jpv
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