AN armed carnapping suspect was shot and wounded by an officer of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group when he tried to shoot the latter while about to be arrested in an entrapment operation in Antipolo City, PNP-HPG director, Brigadier General Roberto B. Fajardo said yesterday.
Suspect Buhay de Vera, a 35-year old mechanic residing at no. 154 Francisco Street, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo City sensed he was dealing with an undercover policeman along Manuel L. Quezon Avenue around 10 a.m. last Thursday and tried to shoot the poseur identified as Major Arnel Sagun.
The officer shot the suspect in his lower extremities in self-defense before bringing him to the PNP General Hospital for treatment, Fajardo said.
According to the PNP-HPG director, members of the HPG Special Operations Division-Task Force Limbas under Lieutenant Colonel Ali Jose Duterte conducted the entrapment operation to arrest the suspects who stole a van owned by a Muntinlupa City-based company.
He said that the complainant identified as Phoebe Rachelle Yao,33, a Pasig City building administrator, went to the SOD-Task Force Limbas office to report that a silver metallic Toyota Hi-Ace GL Grandia with plate no. NBP-4904 was stolen while parked unattended in their office 6 p.m. last Wednesday.
The woman said that the van registered under the name of Xiong Feng Xiao was stolen by Rhanel Ogad and Arvin Ogao, both former employees of Global LGA in Pasig City who demanded a P500,000 ‘ransom’ in exchange for the return of the vehicle.
Fajardo said the shooting incident took place when the suspects tried to sell the motor vehicle with the help of De Vera who yielded a caliber .38 revolver with five live ammunition.
Recovered during the operation was the stolen van with a false key and the boodle money paid to the suspect by the poseur.
The arrested suspect will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10883 (New Anti-carnapping Act of 2016), robbery-extortion, RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 in relation to the Omnibus Election Code and attempted homicide, said Fajardo.