Multiple raps vs 2 men in store heist affirmed

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

THE Davao City Prosecution Office has affirmed the multiple charges filed against two of the three suspects arrested in a heist at the Davao Central Convenience Store branch in Ecoland last June 10.

Prosecutor Victoriano Bello, in his resolution dated July 1, has found probable cause to charge Omar Kunti and Abdulrasid Langalen for robbery with intimidation, violation of Section 11 (possession of illegal drugs) of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The suspects were also charged for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and illegal possession of explosives.


The other suspect only identified as Anton has yet to be arrested by authorities.

The two were charged based on the complaint of Police Officer 3 (PO3) Arnel Iriarte, PO2 Edrus Sampawan, and Uldarico Resurreccion of the Davao Central Convenience Store.

Bello cited in his resolution that the Talomo police identified the suspects through the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of the store.

It was discovered that Kunti was a security guard of the same convenience store yet the supervisor of that branch identified as Juan Miguel Martinez said that Kunti was about to be dropped from the rolls.

The CCTV footage showed that Kunti took a caliber .38 from a locker in the store while the two other suspects aimed their firearms at the on-duty cashier Daryl Barinan and Martinez. The two then declared holdup and went to the cash register.

It was seen in the CCTV footage that Langalen fired at the cash register four times before taking P500 from it. The suspects then fled towards Juna Subdivision in Matina.

But Kunti and Langalen were arrested in their rented house at Barangay 39-D at the back of the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

Recovered from their house were one caliber.45 Colt USA pistol loaded with a magazine with four live ammunition, a stainless silencer measuring around 8-inches, another caliber. 45 pistol, a caliber .38 homemade revolver loaded with four live ammunition, a fragmentation grenade, two small sachets of suspected shabu, and other personal belongings.

The case is currently with the Regional Trial Court Office of the Clerk of Court (RTC-OCC), and is set to be raffled off to a branch of court on Thursday next week.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 06, 2014.

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