A NOTORIOUS member of a “tutok-kalawit” robbery holdup gang who had robbed a woman of her valuables on a busy street was killed in an encounter with police Friday evening in Caloocan City.
The still unidentified suspect, described as about 30 years old, slim and 5’10 in height, died on the spot from bullet wounds in the body.
He was positively identified by his latest victim, a woman whose name was withheld, as the one who robbed her at gunpoint at around 6:30 pm Friday at the corner of A. Mabini Street and C-3 Road.
Caloocan police assistant chief for operation P/Lt. Col. Ferdie Del Rosario said the victim was walking along the busy street of A. Mabini on her way to a drug store at the corner of C-3 Road when the suspect tapped her back, put his arm around her neck and at gunpoint declared the heist.
After divesting her of cellular phone worth P8,000, wallet containing P1,200 cash and several identification cards, the suspect fled on foot towards C-3 Road.
The victim sought the assistance of Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 2 and with elements of Station Special Operation Unit (SSOU) led by P/Capt. Jervies Soriano, PCP 2 officers conducted a follow up operation along C-3 Road near the railroad tracks.
At around 11:45 p.m., they chanced upon the suspect who, instead of surrendering, fired at the approaching lawmen but missed.
After a brief exchange of gunfire, the suspect was hit in the body, killing him instantly.
Police recovered from the slain suspect a cal.38 revolver and a coin purse containing P1,212 cash.