THREE security guards at the Carmel Development Corporation were hurt when a grenade exploded during a clash with residents of Pangarap Village Friday in Caloocan City.
The guards, identified as Michael Maramag, 32, Nelson Villalobos, 53 and Ariel Tejero, 29, were rushed to Dr. Jose N. Reyes Memorial Hospital where they underwent medication for superficial wounds in the body and later discharged after treatment.
In a report received by Northern Police District (NPD) Director Chief Supt. Rolando Anduyan, the incident stemmed from an incident that occurred around 2 a.m. where a sari-sari store, owned by Sheryl Acebuche-Acta at 093 Araneta Avenue, Pangarap Village, Brgy. 181 was razed by fire.
Since the charred house was only five meters away from the guard post of Carmel Development Corporation which claims ownership of Pangarap Village, irate residents blamed the guards for the blaze that led to a heated and physical confrontation, prompting the victims to seek cover behind their service vehicle. Moments later, an explosion occurred beside the guard’s service vehicle that injured the victims.
During the conduct of investigation, Acta claimed that prior to the grenade explosion, she saw three men, wearing bonnets and blue guard uniforms, hiding behind a coconut tree. Suddenly, one of the three fired his shotgun downwards once followed by a grenade explosion.
After the explosion, Acta told police that the three masked men fled towards the direction of Ciudad Real Subdivision in San Jose Del Monte.
The commotion only stopped when elements of Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4 led by Senior Insp. Rammel Ebarle responded to the area, together with officials of Barangay 181.