Jail straf­ing sus­pects face crim­i­nal charges

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mylen P. Manto/FPL

Crim­i­nal com­plaints for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and frus­trated mur­der were filed be­fore the Tal­isay City Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice against the two sus­pects in the series of straf­ing in­ci­dents of the Tal­isay City Jail.

Tal­isay City po­lice chief Ja­son Vil­la­mater said Joseph Troy Bri­ones, 19, and Ar­jiann Ba­cus, 21, all res­i­dents of the city, were pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied by the wit­nesses as the ones re­spon­si­ble for at­tempt­ing to strafe the city jail in Barangay Magh­away last November 10.

They are also be­lieved to be the same peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the series of straf­ing in­ci­dents ear­lier. Ac­cord­ing to Vil­la­mater, the jail guards no­ticed them act­ing sus­pi­ciously when they passed by the jail fa­cil­ity, prompt­ing the guards to stay on alert.

Mo­ments later, the two came back and tried to shoot the gate of the jail fa­cil­ity us­ing a KG-9 ma­chine pis­tol but the gun mal­func­tioned. The jail guards fired at them while try­ing to flee on­board a mo­tor­cy­cle.

The sus­pects were hit but man­aged to es­cape. How­ever, they were ar­rested in the hos­pi­tal dur­ing a fol­low up op­er­a­tion.

Bri­ones was ar­rested in Tal­isay Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal while Ba­cus was traced to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Cebu City where he was also ar­rested.

Vil­la­mater said they are still con­duct­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine the mo­tives of the sus­pects in straf­ing the jail fa­cil­ity.

Mean­while, sep­a­rate com­plaints for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms were filed against Ricky Tan, Ce­sar Taac­taac, and Je­of­fryTabay, 22, who were also ar­rested in a chance en­counter with the po­lice team pur­su­ing Bri­ones and Ba­cus.

Vil­la­mater said they re­ceived re­ports that the sus­pects in the straf­ing of the city jail were found in Barangay Mananga, prompt­ing them to check. The po­lice­men in­stead found Tan, Taac­taac and Tabay.

Ac­cord­ing to Vil­la­mater, Tan was wanted for theft and mur­der. He said when the po­lice­men ar­rived at the area, the group of Tan fired at them re­sult­ing in a shootout.

Tan was hurt dur­ing the en­counter. The po­lice seized KG-9 pis­tol and cal­iber .22 re­volver from their pos­ses­sion.

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