TWO alleged motorcycle thieves, who demanded money from their victim in exchange for the return of his motorbike, were killed when they fought it off with police during an entrapment operation in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City, before dawn Friday.
Superintendent Joel Villanueva, Quezon City Police Station 6 commander, said the slain suspects were identified as alias “Black Jack,” and alias “Asiong,” both wearing black jackets, black masks, and black caps.
The complainant said that at around 6 p.m., Thursday, he was parking his motorcycle on De Leon Street in Barangay Holy Spirit when four men forcibly took it.
Two hours after, the victim’s brother received a text message from the suspects demanding P20,000 in exchange for the motorcycle.
This prompted the complainants to seek help from police who immediately mapped out an entrapment operation.
The complainant and an undercover policeman, who posed as his brother, agreed to meet with the suspects at the corner of San Isidro Labrador and Kalamiong Streets in Barangay Payatas at past 2 a.m.
However, after the transaction, police said the suspects noticed they were dealing with a cop, prompting them to scamper and fire shots.
Policemen retaliated, killing two of the suspects. Their two cohorts managed to escape.
Probers recovered from the crime scene a .45-caliber Colt pistol, a .38-caliber revolver, fired bullets, a black sling bag, a mobile phone, and the stolen orange Honda Beat motorbike.
They also recovered four plastic sachets of shabu from the slain suspects.
Police launched a manhunt against the two suspects who fled. (Alexandria San Juan)