Police suspect car which struck row of vehicles carnapped ‘Grab’

PROBERS at the Manila Police District (MPD) are looking into the angle that the car which rammed a row of vehicles in Sampaloc, Manila injuring at least two the other day may have been a carnapped ‘Grab’ vehicle.

P/Capt. Jaime Gonzales,  chief of the Vehicular Traffic Investigation Section (VTIS) of the Manila Police District (MPD), reported that the vehicle, a Toyota Vios with plate number UKE-450, and owned by a lady doctor, Dr. Laarni Fajardo, was impounded earlier when its driver tried to escape after being flagged down by a traffic enforcer.

The one driving it then as Grab service, said to be the doctor’s brother Laurence from Cavite, remains missing. It was learned that the lady doctor reported her brother missing since April 22, along with her vehicle which was last spotted in Cavite.

The doctor cried upon seeing the vehicle and his brother’s things inside.

Police are now trying to find out where her brother is and the real identity of the suspect who was behind the wheel when the said car rammed into vehicles.

The said vehicle was found on Recto Avenue near Quezon Boulevard in Sampaloc at around 9 a.m. on Monday. The suspect who was driving it was identified only through his aliases, as Frankie Mark Serrano’ and ‘Marck B. Santos’. It was said to be cruising along the eastward direction of Recto Avenue going to Sta. Mesa when it was flagged down by a traffic enforcer due to a traffic violation.

The enforcer was talking when the suspect, who was in the company of a woman, suddenly sped away, causing the car to go wayward, in the process hitting other vehicles.

The suspect then abandoned the car on Mabini Bridge in Legarda and while he escape, his woman companion went straight to the police who, upon verification, said the car was found to have been stolen.

Police recovered in the said car two pairs of car plates, a ‘PNP’ plate, a magazine for  a .9mm gun and some live ammunition.  Also found were several pieces of ID that bore the same pictures but different names.

It was learned that four days before Laurence went missing, a Grab driver identified as Manuel  Alamodin was also reported missing last April 26 along with the Innova vehicle that he was driving.

The booking details, point of destination and the name of the one who booked them were said to be the same.

Initial investigation said that based on Grab records, the pick-up point for Laurence was at the Waltermart sa Dasmariñas and the drop-off  point’s location was in Gen.Trias, Cavite.  In the case of Alamunin, the pick-up point was at Robinson, Dasmariñas  with the same drop off point.  Said bookings were made four days apart.

The wife of Alamudin went to the MPD after seeing what happened and suspecting that it had something to do with her missing husband.