• Cab driver in chemical spray robbery arrested

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    Police have in custody a taxi driver who robbed his passengers by spraying them with a chemical that made them dizzy and numb.

    Pasig City police and members of the Barangay Security Force of Mangahan in Pasig arrested on Thursday Dominador Obsenarez, 38, of Tupaz Subdivision, Guitnang Bayan I, San Mateo, Rizal, moments after tried to rob his passenger, 18-year-old Micah Crystel Sual, along Amang Rodriguez Avenue corner East Bank Road in  Mangahan.

    Police said Sual smelled a particular odor coming from the cab’s air-conditioning vents.

    After several minutes, she felt dizzy and numb.

    Sual tried to open the door and asked the driver to pull over, but he grabbed her and prevented her from escaping.\

    Elements of Barangay Security Force Mangahan saw what was happening and arrested Obsenarez.

    They found two face towels and a bottle of water in the cab.

    Obsenarez was booked for attempted robbery, while the unknown chemical compound was brought to Eastern Police District (EPD) Crime Laboratory for analysis.

    NEIL A. ALCOBER

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