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Top 6 criminal nabbed

One of the most wanted personalities of Sta. Ana Police Station (PS-6) was arrested in a police operation Sunday in Sta. Ana, Manila.

The suspect, identified as Raymart Agminario, 27, of 2040 Pilar Estate corner A. Francisco St., Sta. Ana, Manila was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Judge Tita Alisuag of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 1 on January 22, 2018.

Agminario is reportedly the station’s Top 6 most wanted for the crime of theft.

Prior to the suspect’s arrest, SPO3 Ronald Santiago of PS-6 received information about Agminario’s whereabouts from a member of Barangay Information Network, saying that he was hiding at Dupax Compound at Pasig Line St. Sta. Ana, Manila.

Elements of PS-6 immediately conducted a police operation on March 4 at around 9:40 p.m. to apprehend the suspect.

Agminario, now under the custody of PS-6, was brought to Ospital ng Sta. Ana for a medical examination and will face appropriate charges. (Hans Amancio)

Fire hits San Juan apartments

Property worth P3 M went up in smoke when a fire of still unknown origin gutted four apartment units in San Juan City, last Sunday night.

Arson investigator said the fire started in the evening and damaged four apartment units located along N. Domingo Street, San Juan.

Residents in the area said they heard an explosion followed by a thick smoke engulfing the apartment units.

Affected residents suffered difficulty in breathing and minor bruises while trying to escape from the fire that hit their area.

This is the first fire incident that hit San Juan for this year”s March fire prevention month. (Madelynne Dominguez)

Man shot dead near home

A man who was walking near his home in Quezon City was gunned down by a still unidentified helmet-wearing man Sunday afternoon.

Superintendent Rossel Cejas, chief of Quezon City Police District-Batasan Police Station (PS-6), said that the man was identified by his neighbors as Anthony Fernandez, known as “June,” who was in his late 30s, and a resident of Legaspi Street, Lupang Pangako, Barangay Payatas.

According to a witness, he was inside his house along Legaspi Street at around 12:30 p.m. when he heard successive gunshots nearby.

When he peeped through his window, he saw an armed man wearing helmet and black jacket immediately leaving the scene, followed by a sound of motorcycle engine.

He then saw June’s bullet-riddled body slumped on the ground.

Police said that June died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds in his body. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Data encoder slain in birthday celebration

A birthday celebration turned bloody after a man was shot dead by his drinking buddy in Quezon City Sunday night.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District identified the fatality as Steven Sandic, a 35-year old data encoder, a resident of Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City.

It appears that prior to the incident, the victim and the suspect identified as a certain Alex Sentino, known as “Kambay,” were having a drinking session with their neighbors to celebrate the birthday of Sandic’s younger sister.

According to a witness, he saw Sentino and the victim’s younger sister arguing outside the house. Sentino walked away but told them to wait for him.

Upon returning, Sentino was already armed with a handgun and fired a warning shot twice. He then aimed at Sandic and shot him once on his body causing the victim to fall on the ground.

Neighbors tried to pacify Sentino and disarmed him but the suspect was able to escape.

Sandic was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center but later died while undergoing treatment .

Police are now locating Sentino while further investigation is underway. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Gang member killed by companion

An alleged member of the dreaded Sigue-Sigue Sputnik gang was shot dead by his own companion after a heated argument on Sunday.

Police identified the fatality as Edwin Almendrala, also known as Eduardo Almendrala alias “Edie” 46 , a resident of F. Victor Barangay 65, in Pasay City. Almendrala was rushed to the Pasay City General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival after he sustained multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of the body.

The suspect who immediately fled after the incident, was identified as Anthony dela Cruz, 34, a resident of F. Victor St. Barangay 61, in Pasay City.

Investigation showed that the victim who was drunk according to police, went to the house of Dela Cruz around 12 midnight to talk to him. The two reportedly had a misunderstanding over an undetermined issue.

Police said that the suspect soon left the residence of Dela Cruz. Based on the CCTV footage obtained by police from the barangay, after Almendrala left, the suspect followed him on foot and before reaching Pasilio 6 of F. Victor St., the suspect shot the victim several times until he fell on the ground.

The suspect immediately fled the scene after the incident. Police recovered from the crime scene four spent shells of a caliber .9mm and a bolo allegedly owned by the victim.

Police are now profiling the two if they were involved in any recent illegal activity since a witness surfaced who told police that the suspect was selling shabu in their area. The victim however, was previously incarcerated at the Pasay City Jail. (Dhel Nazario)

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