Two of the six suspects were arrested in a town in Iloilo last Monday who was said that they were the suspects in the 14-million robbery at the money changer shop at Robinson’s Galleria in Quezon City last March 29.
Namely Willy Enriquez and Ereno De La Cruz were the 2 suspects who were arrested. According to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Alan Purisima, the two were on a motorcycle when they were cornered in Ajuy, a town in Iloilo at about 8 p.m. last Monday.
Also, Purisima mentioned that Enriquez yielded a .45 caliber pistol and De La Cruz a .38 caliber revolver.
“They sensed the presence of policemen and were on their way to Bacolod City to while away the days when cornered. They gave themselves up peacefully,” Purisima said.
Enriquez and De La Cruz were soared to Manila yesterday afternoon and are planned to be carried to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
Director Chief Superintendent Mario De La Vega of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said that Enriquez was recognized by the security guard namely Roderick Relocio as one of the 6 suspects who robbed the P14 million meant for the Sanry’s moneychanger shop in the basement of Robinson’s Galleria last March 29.
A secutiry guard, Rodrigo Villa, was killed in the firefight while the 5 other guards namely Relocio, Josua Toniza, Jeremy Rabe, Paul Adrian Sarmiento, and Lea Del Mundo suffered wounds.
The suspects ablaze extensively and threw 2 hand grenades, yet only one exploded, to cover their escape on motorcycles.
De La Vega uttered that Relocio broke into tears when showed with Enriquez’s photo from the rascal’s gallery of the Pasay City police, where the asserted member of the Ozamis pilfering gang is facing burglary in band charges, also for robbing a moneychanger shop.
There was a warrant of arrest for Enriquez who was then issued by the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 110.
Bullets linked to other crimes
De La Vega said that the bullets recuperated at the robbery assumed the same marks as those yielded by a member of the Ozamis robbery gang who was killed in a grapple with security guards at the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City last Feb. 10.
Bullets conveying the same marks as those in the Galleria robbery were also used in a shooting at the Appovel Subdivision in Cagayan De Oro City last Aug.18, 2011; a robbery at a money transfer outlet in San Pedro, Laguna last July 9, 2011; and another gunfire on Highway Babag 11 in Lapu-Lapu City last June 9, 2011.
Equipped with a warrant of arrest from the Pasay City court, police officials invaded the Ozamis robbery gang’s known homes in Parañaque City on April 5 and in Cavite and Taytay, Rizal on April 9, but were disappointed to come up unsuccessful.
Headed by Inspector Elmer Monsalve, a trailer team from the QCPD, they rushed to Iloilo after an informer reported that the presence of Enriquez was just within the area.
Chief Superintendent Cipriano Querol, director of the Police Regional Office 6, expanded Monsalve’s team with police officers from the towns of Lemery, Passi and Ajuy and the joint operation paid off with the arrest of Enriquez and De la Cruz.
De la Vega said they are sure of the participation of Enriquez in the Galleria robbery, but they are still trying to determine the role of De la Cruz in the Ozamis gang.