District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) headed by Police Superintendent Rogarth B. Campo apprehended two notorious guns for hire and carnapping suspects along the street of San Jose in Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City around 11:00 p.m., February 22, 2017.
The suspects were identified as the 33-year-old Jonathan Torno Y. Fernandez a.k.a. “Khadafi” and 31-year-old Anastacio Sta. Cruz Y. Centino, both residing at Sitio Bathala of the same barangay. Torno is said to be a known drug pusher in the area and a trusted man of a syndicate they called “Madam”.
At around 4:30 p.m., the unit operatives led by PSI Paterno L. Domondon Jr. was on the chase after they received an information that a group was about to carnap a motorcycle by evening to be their getaway vehicle in a planned robbery.
It was only at about 11:00 p.m. that the police spotted Torno’s gang as they were in the act of boarding their motorcycles. The authorities saw a gun butt sticking out from one of the men’s waistline so they approached the suspecting men who immediately ran toward different directions.
During the pursuit, one of them managed to escape, leaving the scene his Rusi motorcycle with plate number 1838 XR, and with only Sta. Cruz and Torno in police’s hands.
The authorities seized from Torno a black sling bag containing a loaded Armscor caliber .45 pistol with no serial number, a transparent plastic bag containing 25 small sealed sachets of shabu, a lighter, a cellular android phone, cash amounting to P5,130.00 and a Suzuki Skydrive motorcycle.
Sequestered from Centino’s possession were one loaded Armscor caliber 9MM pistol with serial number 7978282, one emptied and eight heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu inside a pouch, a cellular phone, lighter and Honda Wave motorcycle.
In sum, the 33 sachets of shabu weighing about 50 grams were estimated to have a street value of P150,000.00.
The said motorcycles retrieved are still under verification to know if they were stolen, while the firearms were turned over to PNP Crime Laboratory for ballistic cross-matching to see if they correspond to the recovered bullets in the past crime scenes in the locality.
The two captured suspects were under investigation to determine their connection to the past shootings and other criminal acts such as drug trades in the city.
Meanwhile, they were faced with a pile of cases for violating the Republic Act 10591 for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunitions and R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. –AGA-