4 notorious carnap suspects nabbed in Mindanao

POLICE operatives nabs four suspects believed to be members of a notorious carnapping group and recovered twelve ‘stolen’ vehicles in the Caraga and Southern Mindanao region, a police official said Sunday.

PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) director, Chief Supt, Arrazad Subong, identified the four as were Jerry Malacao Paulino, 30; Diego Lingasa Macatimbang, 19, and Eddie Tabanao Lopez, 19 and all are from Davao City.

Subong said the four arrested suspects are believed to be members of the “Baktin carnapping group” whose members are said have links with the notorious “Dominguez carjacking syndicate.

The HPG director said that prior to the arrest the suspects reportedly carnapped last October 16, a Toyota Innova (LHB-816) owned by Sumifro, an agro-industrial company in Mabua, Tandag City.

Security officers of the Sumifro immediately reported the incident to the PNP Complaints Center in Camp Crame thru SMS in turn alerted PNP Units in the area to take the appropriate action.

Sumifro security officers told the HPG regional unit based in Davao City that the suspects had a back-up vehicle, a Hyundai Tuczon (KFP-842) and identified one of the carnappers as Ryan Yu, leader of Baktin Group.

HPG operatives, then later that day have spotted the stolen Toyota Innova at Brgy. Lungsod, also in Tandag City with attached license plates KET-883 and driven by Hermie Talabe, 36.

Senior Supt. Gregorio Pimentel, chief of HPG Region 11 coordinated with the Davao City Police Office for subsequent follow-up operation at Yu’s bodega in Brgy. Obreo, Davao City where the suspect’s backup vehicle was spotted, a Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia (KDP-869), Honda Fit (MFH-580), and a Kia Carens without license plates, were also recovered by HPG operatives in the bodega and arrested the four suspects.

Another follow-up operation by HPG operatives was conducted in Surigao del Sur which resulted in the recovery of: a Ford Ranger (TAI-674), Mitsubishi Montero (LGL-133), Toyota SUV (KEC-234), Honda Jazz (KDS-302), Isuzu DMAX (YBD-588), Toyota Hi-max (LFW-618), Mitsubishi Lancer (KFE-882), and Toyota Hi-max (XHY-871).

All recovered cars are now undergoing macro-etching examination to restore the true identification and establish the history of these vehicles.

Subong said follow-up operations are now underway against the elusive Yu who along with his four arrested colleagues have been charged in court in connection with their latest involvement in a carjacking incident in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

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