Robber in viral dashcam video found dead

Published May 4, 2019, 8:15 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas


A man, who was seen robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint in a viral dashcam video, was found dead in Malabon City on Friday.


P/Col. Jessie Tamayao, Malabon City police chief, identified him as Emerson Gamba, resident of Barangay 24, Caloocan City. He was the suspect behind a viral dashcam video, who declared a hold-up at a taxi driver on February 22.


Gamba’s body was placed in a sack and found dumped at the corner of Tuazon and Araneta streets in Barangay Potrero, Malabon. He sustained one stab wound in his chest, while his hands and his feet were also tied with a nylon cord.


He remained at large until his body was recovered. The police were able to identify him after his friend, a Caloocan City inmate, recognized him through his tattoos bearing the words ‘metallica’ and ‘commando.’


Gamba was seen robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint in a viral dashcam video.


Wilmor Capellan, the taxi driver, told the police that he picked up Gamba along Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati.


He added that after arriving on Samson Road in Caloocan at around 2:12 a.m., Gamba immediately declared a hold-up.


The incident, which was posted on Facebook, showed Gamba’s face when the driver opened the lights of his vehicle.


Gamba could be heard, saying: “Wag mo buksan ‘yung ilaw, puputukan kita. Wag mo kong tingnan, ah (Don’t open the lights, or else, I’ll shoot you. Don’t look at me).”


The suspect then fled with the victim’s belongings, including his day’s P5,000 earnings, his cellphone, his wristwatch, and his wedding ring.


An investigation is underway behind the killing of Gamba.