By Alexandria San Juan
A gang of teenage boys was found out to be behind recent armed robbery cases in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City which led to the death of a security guard and two store staff, police said on Saturday.
According to Quezon City Police District (QCPD) acting chief Colonel Ronnie Montejo, three members of the group were already under their custody, including a 15-year-old boy who was wounded in an encounter with policemen.
Montejo said the suspects identified their gang as the “Young Troublemakers” that was behind two recent incidents of robbery with homicide in Barangay Holy Spirit.
Last October 27, around four members of the group wearing helmets and armed with handguns robbed Express Lane Minimart and shot to death security guard Reymond Dag-ay, 32, and store crew Romeo Econal, 24, after they got in their way.
A follow-up operation was conducted by combined operatives of QCPD’s Batasan Police Station (PS-6) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit on October 29 after the were tipped off that the suspects were spotted along Kapalaran Street.
However, the minors apparently sensed the approaching officers prompting them to scamper.
One of the members of the group, who turned out to be only a 15-year-old boy, alias “Bryan,” and another cohort, pulled out guns and fired at the chasing policemen resulting in a shootout.
The policemen were able to shoot Bryan who was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center while his companion escaped.
Another follow-up operation was set up by the same operatives last November 1on Bulacan Street in Barangay Payatas and on AFP Road in Barangay Holy Spirit which led to the arrest of two other 17-year-old members of the gang.
An orange tricycle body, which police said was one of the getaway vehicles used by the group as seen in a closed-circuit television (CCTV) clip, was also recovered.
Apart from the grocery robbery, the nabbed members also admitted that they victimized a branch of Don C Litson Manok on the corner of and Capas Street also in Barangay Holy Spirit last October 20.
The incident resulted in the death of service crew Noel Lampitao, 39, who was gunned down by the minors, while his co-worker, Junie Gumanid, 18, was injured.
The QCPD chief bared they are now closely monitoring other members of the gang led by by certain “John Paul” to take them under custody and to prevent them from doing other criminal activities.
Montejo also urged parents to guide their children and monitor their activities.
“May it serve as a reminder to parents to guide and monitor the activities of their children, especially if they are minors, because by law, parents are primarily responsible in the civil aspect of anyone being apprehended and proven to have violation,” Montejo said