Police warn public of taxi sleep-spray modus operandi


Manila police on Sunday warned the public of a taxi driver who attempted to immobilize a female passenger by spraying chemicals on Friday.

Jemimah Cristel Umengan, 19, student, and a Pasay City resident told investigators that she boarded a cab with plate number TXD-102 at Robinson’s Place in Ermita around 6:30 p.m.

Upon reaching Malate, she noticed the driver had sprayed an unidentified compound, which caused her to feel dizzy.

Despite feeling weak, Umengan was able to open the door of the taxi and safely alighted from it.

The taxi sped away immediately.

The victim said nothing was taken from her.

Manila Police District director Chief Supt. Rolando Asuncion had directed SPO2 John Cayetano of the General Assignment Section to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTRRB) to probe the operator of the involved taxi and find out the identity of the driver.

The spraying of sleep-inducing chemicals is a new modus operandi to make female passengers drowsy, making it easier to rob or abduct the passenger.

Similar cases earlier were reported to the LTFRB. A taxi franchise was earlier meted with a 30-day suspension, pending the completion of an investigation involving the same modus operandi.

At least eleven taxis were accused of resorting to chemical spraying since October last year.


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  1. Siony Camacho Bana on

    Fortunately the student is young and smart enough , think fast to save herself from those taxi-drivers but what if this happen to Balikbayans or any foreigners, and tourists, who maybe senior citizens who relies or depend on taxi to go around Manila and to wherever they need to go, they would be a victim of this kind of modus operandi . Also the riding in tandem motorcyclists who robbed many , is found to be rampant in affluent areaqs in Quezon City.This is worrisome to many tourists if this continues to be uncontrolled.