3 minor suspects for killing grocery store employee, merchandiser arrested

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Authorities arrested three of the five robbers who shot and killed an employee and a security guard of a grocery store after they failed to open its cash register in Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City a few weeks ago.

According to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), the arrested suspects were members of child-in-conflict with law (CICL) group or known as Young Trouble Makers.

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Acting QCPD Director P / Col. Ronnie Montejo said an alias ‘John Paul’ is leading the group.

Montejo said that on October 27, 2019, the gang members armed with guns and helmets robbed Express Lane Minimart and shot and killed service crews Reymund Dag-ay, 32, and Romeo Econal, 24.

He also received a tip that such CICLs were spotted at Fort St. Paul. near GPI Veterans Village, Brgy. The Holy Spirit. The police conducted a follow-up operation at around 9 pm at the Batasan Police Station (PS 6) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU).

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However, the suspects felt the presence of the operatives, and so they ran to different directions.

Two of the suspects, including a 15-year-old teenager, pulled out a gun and fired at the authorities but missed.

Police also fired shots and hit the 15-year-old suspect who was injured and immediately arrested.

The suspect was brought to East Avenue Medical Center while the other gang members escaped.

In a follow-up operation conducted by the tracker teams of CIDU and PS 6, two 17-year-old gang members were arrested in Bulacan St., Brgy. Payatas and 69 AFP Road, Brgy. Holy Spirit.

Authorities also seized an orange tricycle with body markings “Babe 27” from the . The trike is believed to be one of the getaway vehicles used by the CICLs in the hold-up incident caught on CCTV.

Montejo said the arrested minors had already admitted their involvement in Express Lane Minimart grocery store robbery.

They also admitted that they were also involved in the robbery incident at Don C Litson Chicken on Luzon Avenue, corner of Capas St. Brgy. Holy Spirit, on October 20, 2019, where service crew Noel Lampitao, 39, was also shot and killed while his colleague Junie Gumanid, 18, was injured.

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