Pampanga police chief hurt while arresting ‘Basag Kotse’ gang members

CAMP OLIVAS — A Pampanga police chief on Saturday was hurt after two Basag Kotse gang members ran over him with their getaway vehicle to escape arrest in Mexico, Pampanga.

In a report to  PRO3 director Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, Pampanga provincial police commander Col. Arnold Ibay said the police received a call on a “basag kotse” incident  at San Guillermo Church in Bgy. Cabambangan, Bacolor, Pampanga  from  victims  Fernando  Contreras Jr., of 4C Cypress Garden Condominium  in Makati City, and  Asley Francisco, of  Zone 7, Pulong Santol, Porac, Pampanga.

Ibay said Bacolor police  chief  Maj. German Pascua and his men  conducted an investigation and based on CCTV footage, two still unidentified men  smashed the right window of  the victims’  Hyundai Starex and took their valuables and several gadgets before fleeing on a Toyota Hiace.

On the same day, the GPS locator of the stolen items tracked the suspects in Bgy. Masamat, Mexico, Pampanga.

The  police team led by Pascua flagged down the  suspects’ vehicle  for verification and the  victims  positively identified the  gadgets on the passenger seat as theirs.

The suspects in the vehicle were about to be arrested when the driver sped off and ran over  the approaching Pascua.

Pascua  was dragged by the suspects’ vehicle and sustained injuries. He was  immediately brought to the nearest hospital for  treatment.

Meanwhile, one of the suspects  identified as Daniel Mercado,  49,  of 142 Cherry St., Greenland Executive Village, San Juan, Cainta, Rizal, escaped after ramming the vehicle  on a tree and escaped on foot.

Mercado was charged with theft, direct assault, attempted homicide, and resistance and disobedience to an agent of a person in authority while some of the stolen items were recovered.

” This only proves that our men on the ground are committed to implementing our Intensified Cleanliness Policy program to rid the society of lawlessness and we will continue to be unrelenting in our campaign at all costs,” De Leon said.  –Photos by PRO3 Facebook Page

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