Casino attendant arrested for carnapping, robbery in Pasay City


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    A casino attendant was arrested by Pasay City police after an official from the Embassy of India filed a complaint against him for carnapping and robbery on March 11.

    Col. Froilan Uy, Pasay City police chief, identified the suspect as Peter Lim Santos, 48, a casino attendant.

    The victim was identified as Prithes Das, 25, chief supervisor of Embassy of India, temporarily billeted in Makati City.
    According to Capt. Ryan Marcelo, police action officer, the victim claimed that Santos and two other unidentified suspects took his Toyota Fortuner 2.8L and cash money amounting to P3,040,000 on March 9 at around 7:00 p.m. along Newport Road near P14-08 3rd corner 6th Street in Barangay 183 Villamor, Pasay City.

    Police investigation showed that the victim transacted with the suspects through an online Marketplace group to purchase a Range Rover vehicle.

    Das met with the suspects at Belmont in Barangay 183, Pasay City to personally see the vehicle.

    The victim rode with the suspects in his car to Makati City for the vehicle's deed of sale.

    On their way to Makati, Santos allegedly pointed a gun at Das and forced him to alight from his car.

    Marcelo said the victim was able to take a video of Santos during the incident, which he provided as proof to the police.

    The suspect was arrested at around 3:00 a.m. along P09-06 3rd Street in Barangay Villamor, Pasay City in a follow-up operation conducted by members of the Investigation and Detective Management Section.

    Police recovered a toy gun from Santos.

    Further investigation showed that the two other suspects are Chinese nationals. Santos was acting as interpreter for them, police said.

    The two other suspects are still being hunted by police.

    Santos is facing charges for carnapping, robbery, resisting arrest, and violation of Republic Act No. 10591, or the "Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition."