Po­lice ar­rest sus­pect in taxi driver’s death

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Delta Dyrecka Leti­gio COR­RE­SPON­DENT

As­lip of the tongue could mean the end of Eric Ramos’ days as a free man.

This after Ramos, 30, ac­ci­den­tally told a po­lice in­for­mant about rob­bing and shoot­ing a taxi driver on Wed­nes­day night in­side a sub­di­vi­sion in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City.

Ramos was at home drink­ing with a friend when he bragged about shoot­ing taxi driver Vic­to­rio Molina, 57, last Wed­nes­day.

The in­for­mant im­me­di­ately re­ported to the po­lice what Ramos told him which led tot hes u spect’s ar­rest last Fri­day af­ter­noon in his home also in Barangay Tisa.

Clothes re­cov­ered

Upon search­ing his house, po­lice saw the clothes the sus­pect al­legedly was wear­ing when he shot Molina hang­ing on a clothes­line.

“The striped shorts and the white shirt matched with those in the CCTV (closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion) footage,” said Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tor Deogra­cias Clarin, chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the Punta Princesa Po­lice Sta­tion.

Clarin said Ramos has been linked to at least three other rob­bery cases in­clud­ing a rob­bery with homi­cide.

Ramos how­ever, de- nied mak­ing the con­fes­sion and killing Molina say­ing he was at home paint­ing his house at the time of the in­ci­dent.

“Wala gyod koy kal­abu­tan anang driver. Naa ra gyod kos balay ato. Wa ko kasabot ngano ila ko gi­dakop. (I don’t have any i nvolve­ment with the taxi driver’s death. I was at home at that time. I don’t un­der­stand why I was ar­rested),” said Ramos.

He said that he has been stay­ing at home for three months now after he was shot in the stom­ach by the po­lice dur­ing an al­leged rob­bery.

Mur­der case

Head­mit­ted though, that he was once charged with mur­der some years back for killing his cousin who al­legedly stole some goods from his fam­ily’s con­ve­nience store.

The case, he said, was dis­missed be­cause the fam­ily of the vic­tim did not pur­sue it.

Clarin said that Ramos is a known robber in the area and has been caught mul­ti­ple times. Ramos is the kind of robber who is wont to kill his vic­tims, Clarin added.

Clarin said they are still look­ing for the the other sus­pect who was also seen in the CCTV footage mounted on one of the houses in the sub­di­vi­sion where Molina was killed.

“We are still look­ing for the other sus­pect. It is dif­fi­cult be­cause he (Ramos) is un­co­op­er­a­tive,” said Clarin.

Clarin said a charge for ei­ther mur­der or rob­bery with homi­cide may be

filed against Ramos and the other sus­pect.

Dam­aged dash­board cam

Molina, a res­i­dent of Lapu-Lapu City, was shot dead in­side his taxi­cab on the night of Novem- ber 8 after be­ing al­legedly robbed of his earn­ings.

Clarin said they re­cov­ered the dash­board cam­era of the vic­tim’s taxi which could have helped them solve the crime but IT ex­perts whom they con­sulted, told him that the cam­era was be­yond re­pair.

Clarin be­lieves that the dash­board cam­era was in­ten­tion­ally de­stroyed by the sus­pects.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO/PRO-7

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