CIDG nabs 5 persons in killing of Japanese in Cavite

POLICE operatives have arrested five persons that were tagged as suspects behind the shooting to death of Japanese national in Imus, Cavite last December 29, 2012.

CIDG chief, Director Samuel D Pagdilao Jr. identified the arrested suspects as Merlinda Soria also known as Melinda Niikura, Gabriel Soria, Mark Anthony Soria, Gil Brown Ilag and the alleged gunman Arnold Marcos.

Cavite CIDG chief, Chief Insp. Rey Magdaluyo said in a report that the five suspects were arrested Friday morning in separate hot pursuit operations in Brgy. Sto Nino and Poblacion, Dasmarinas City, Cavite.

The pursuit operation was in connection with the shooting to death of 61 year old Japanese national Hideo Niikura last Dec. 29.

Seized from Marcos was a Cal. 45 Caspian Pistol. A caliber 45 pistol was also confiscated from Mark Anthony Soria after his arrest.

Investigation disclosed that Merlinda Soria ordered the killing of her husband, Hideo Niikura, over money matters and alleged physical abuses.

Magdaluyo said it was Soria’s son, Mark Anthony and the latter’s close friend, Gil Brown who hired the gunman for P100 thousand.

Magdaluyo said Melinda and Ilag voluntarily executed their extra judicial confession in the presence of Lawyer Chris Jason Quintanilla.

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