Armed octogenarian posing as cop nabbed

September 07, 2019

AN octogenarian man who claimed to be a retired police colonel was arrested for carrying an unlicensed firearm Friday afternoon in Valenzuela City. Emerenciano Castro, 84, of Capt. Cruz St., Bgy.  Parada, was wearing a camouflage jacket with “Pulis” painted  on the back and “Col. E.A Castro” in front when he was confronted by members of the Valenzuela Police Warrant and Subpoena Section (WSS) led by P/SMSgt. Roberto Santillan along Don Cecilio J. Santos St., Bgy. Karuhatan.

Caloocan police chief  Col. Carlito Gaces said Sgt. Santillan, Cpl. Maverick Perez and Cpl. Jayson Arce were in a police mobile car when they spotted Castro with a gun in a holster attached to his belt.

When the police officers accosted the suspect and asked for his firearm’s documents, the latter introduced himself as a retired police colonel and presented a PNP retiree identification card.

However, upon verification, the identification card presented by Castro proved to be spurious which prompted the police to place him under arrest.

A .380 with magazine loaded with seven live bullets, two magazines for  . 9mm pistol with 10 live ammunition, assorted IDs and documents were seized from Castro.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and ammunition), Article 177 (Usurpation of Authority), and Article 172 (Falsification of Public Documents) were filed against the suspect before the Valenzuela City Prosecutor’s Office.