CABANATUAN CITY – Two alleged members of a notorious motorbike theft group on Sunday night were
killed in shootouts with lawmen in San Jose City and in this city.
In San Jose City, police commander Supt. Marco Dadez identified the first slain suspect as
Marlon Castro, 27, of Bgy. Villa Viniegas, Llanera, Nueva Ecija.
Dadez said the suspect was killed after exchanging gunfire with the local police
conducting a follow-up operation in Bgy. Abar 1st about a motor-napping incident that transpired
on the same day.
Castro had pending cases in court for involvement in motorcycle thefts in the province. He
was the older sibling of Mariano, 25, and Jeffrey, 24, who were earlier arrested for ignoring a
checkpoint last March 3 in this city.
The Castros were riding a motorcycle when accosted for possession of stolen items such as
men’s garments, caps, shoulder bags, backpacks, sunglasses and wallets.
In Cabanatuan City, a suspected motornapper identified as Jomar Cervantes alias “Nonoy,”
19, of Bgy. La Fuente, Sta. Rosa, was killed after trying to evade authorities conducting
intensified checkpoint operation at 1 a.m. on Sunday.
Police commander Supt. Ponciano Zafra said Cervantes ignored the checkpoint his men put up
on Felipe Vergara Highway in Bgy. Talipapa.
Cervantes was riding an alleged carnapped Kawasaki Bajaj CT100 motorized tricycle he
forcibly took from Bgy. Homestead 2, Talavera when flagged down by police operatives.
“Itong success ng ating kapulisan was a product of our intensified ‘Oplan No Mercy’
operation na hopefully ay mahuli na natin ang lahat ng carnappers in the province,” said
provincial police director Sr. Supt. Eliseo Tanding.