Sunday, March 15, 2009

2 rob suspects killed in Biñan shootout

By Abigail Kwok,
Maricar Cinco and Karen Lapitan,
Inquirer Southern Luzon
First Posted 12:20:00 03/15/2009

Filed Under: Police, shooting, Robbery and theft, Crime

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna -- (UPDATE) Two suspected members of a robbery gang were killed while another eluded arrest during an alleged shootout with police in Biñan on Saturday night, police said Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Manolito Labador, Laguna police provincial director, said Saturnino Gobis and his still unidentified companion died when they shot it out with police on Sacrament St., South City Homes near the gate of the St. Joseph subdivision in Barangay (Village) Sto. Tomas, Biñan, Laguna at around 11:45 p.m.

Another unidentified companion of the slain suspects managed to escape.

According to Labador, patrolling Biñan policemen saw the suspects onboard a tricycle parked in a dim area of the subdivision.

Seeing the policemen, the suspects tried to escape, triggering a chase.

Gobis and the other slain suspect jumped off the tricycle and fired at the police, triggering the shootout.

Police recovered a .45-caliber and .38-caliber pistols and a sketch of the subdivision from the suspects.

“They were preying on possible victims that night,” Labador said.

He added that the slain suspects were members of a group that had been staging a series of robberies in the first district of the province.

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