AT LEAST seven alleged members of a kidnapping and robbery hold-up group were killed and another was wounded in a running gun battle with pursuing police operatives on Monday morning in a remote village in Mexico City, Pampanga.
Central Luzon Police Office director, Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, said the unidentified suspects were part of the Jimboy Santos Group that originated in Magalang, Pampanga.
Aquino said in his report that the suspects fired upon members of the Highway Patrol Group and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group when their vehicle, a Mitsubishi Montero (PQC877), was flagged down in Barangay Pulong Cacutud in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Two of the suspects were killed in Pulong Cacutud, while five others fled and were later cornered by pursuing policemen along the Pandacaqui Resettlement Site in Mexico City.
Aquino reported that based on their follow-up information, the slain suspects, all belonging to the Santos group and believed to be operating in the Central Luzon area, were allegedly planning to rob a company named CTEC Industries in Barangay Pandacaqui in Mexico, Pampanga.
Aquino said the group was late for their target since CTEC had already remitted its earnings. The company immediately alarmed the police about the foiled robbery and a checkpoint was put up against the suspects.
HPG Director for Central Luzon, Senior Supt. Ed Vega, said that the slain suspects on board a Mitsubishi Montero and a Toyota Innova ignored the police checkpoint and instead fired at policemen that resulted in a running gun battle.