ONE of the most wanted criminals in Mandaluyong City involved in the murder of barangay tanods was killed in an encounter while about to hit his latest target following a stake-out operation by authorities yesterday morning.
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula identified the slain suspect as Rey Picardal, alias Bae, 32, of Welfareville Compound, Bgy. Addition Hills.
Mandaluyong police chief Senior Supt. Joaquin Alva said Picardal was declared dead upon arrival at Mandaluyong City Medical Center (MCMC) due to gunshot wounds in the body.
According to Alva, they are conducting a month-long stakeout operation against the suspect based on the directive of Sapitula that he wanted to get the elusive murderer, who was involved in eight murder cases, whose victims include barangay tanods in the city.
Combined teams of Mandaluyong Police conducted a stakeout operation on the information that the suspect was about to hit his latest victim, identified as Roque Diaz, a Bantay Bayan member in Bgy. Addition Hills.
Police operatives saw the suspect following his target and pulled out his gun and fired at him but missed after the victim was able to run.
The police team immediately pursued the suspect who fired at the cops who were forced to retaliate and killed the suspect in an encounter at Block 39, Welfareville Compound, Bgy. Addition Hills at 6:30 a.m. yesterday.
Recovered at the crime scene were a cal. .45 ACP Armscor, six sachets of suspected shabu and a bag containing assorted drug paraphernalia.
According to Alva, the slain suspect is listed a no. 8 most wanted criminal in Mandaluyong City, with standing warrant of arrest for violation of RA 7610 and involved in several murder cases.
He is also a known drug pusher in the area and leader of a group of criminals in the city.
“Karamihan sa mga pinapatay nito mga barangay tanod. Galit siya sa mga tanod kasi pinaghahanap siya sa mga krimeng nagawa n’ya. Parang Ben Tumbling nga ang style nito kung pumatay,” Alva said.
The police chief added that the suspect was also responsible for the two shooting incidents in the past two weeks in the city where the victims were members of his group allegedly on suspicion that they are helping the police to arrest him.