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Cops arrest 4 kidnapper-carjackers; 2 victims rescued in Pangasinan

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Camp BGen Oscar M Florendo, La Union (June 24) -- Elements of the Urdaneta City police had arrested four suspected kidnappers- carjackers in a checkpoint infront of the Panpacific University of Northern Philippines along Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Vicente, Urdaneta City last Thursday afternoon. The lawmen also rescued two victims of the suspects.

In his report to Regional Police Director, Chief Superintendent Ramon V. Gatan; Urdaneta City Chief of Police, Superintendent Rodolfo Castil identified the four arrested suspected kidnappers - carjackers as Mark Rey Bautista, 25, a native of Manila and resident of Angeles City; Edwin Solis, 23, of Marikina City; Jayson Ceneta, 22, native of Laguna and resident of Pasay City; and Arjay Afable, 21, a native of Iloilo.

Castil identified the two rescued victim as Zenaida Gaza-Lorenzo, 58, and Cecilia Gasa, 50.

Investigation disclosed that the two victims were bound for Baguio City aboard their Toyota Hi-Ace Van (RGE-343) when they were held at gunpoint by the 4 suspects at a gas station in Barangay Saitan, Rosario, La Union. The suspects then drove the vehicle towards Pangasinan taking with them the two victims.

Upon receipt of the report of the incident, members of the Urdaneta City police led by Inspector Gerard Antonio were immediately set up a checkpoint along the highway in barangay San Vicente, Urdaneta City.

At about 4:00 in the afternoon, the lawmen successfully intercepted and recovered the stolen vehicle, rescued the victims, and apprehended the four suspects.

The police also recovered from the suspects one Cal. 45 pistol with magazine and six live ammunition, two packaging tapes, and two bags containing the suspects' clothes.

Cases for carnapping, kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms were being filed against the arrested suspects.

Chief Supt. Gatan commended the police operatives for their timely coordination and quick action that led apprehension of the suspects.

"This major accomplishment clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of our integrated campaign plans," Gatan told. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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