Tough luck for Manila rob gang
A holdup man ended up dead when a group of policemen chanced upon him and his cohorts as they were robbing two men at gunpoint in Sta. Cruz, Manila, before dawn Thursday.
The police said the still unidentified robber suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died on the spot.
He was described as around 35 years old, 5’3” in height, with short hair and dressed in a black T-shirt, black short pants and slippers.
His three cohorts, on the other hand, escaped.
Based on a report submitted by case investigator Senior Police Officer 2 Virgo Villareal of the Manila Police District (MPD) homicide section, two men identified as Ricky Roque and Jerome Balendo were on their way home to Tondo on a motorcycle at 3:30 a.m. when two black motorcycles with two riders each blocked their path on Quiricada Street, near San Lazaro Hospital.
The back riders alighted from their motorcycles and one declared a holdup while pointing a .38-cal. revolver at the two victims. The unarmed man then took Roque’s shoulder bag while the other tried to take their motorcycle.
At this point, a police patrol team from MPD Station 3 led by SPO3 Rowell Robles spotted the robbery and tried to accost the holdup men.