By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
A notorious carnapper who tried to shoot a traffic enforcer in Valenzuela City was arrested and underwent inquest proceedings at the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday.
Police identified the suspect as Allan Castro, alias “Metallica,” 48, jobless, a member of Sputnik Gang, resident of Barangay North Bay Boulevard, Navotas.
Previous police reports showed that in 2012, Castro killed a police officer who was reprimanding him along Road 10 in Navotas.
Investigation showed that the suspect was riding a Yamaha Mio motorcycle at the intersection of 25th Street and Bonifacio Drive in Manila when he lost control of his vehicle and accidentally hit Rowena Guarin, who was on a bicycle, and the front portion of an aluminum van at about 4:40 p.m. on Jan. 9.
Authorities who assisted Castro and Guarin arrested the suspect after he failed to show documents permitting him to carry a firearm and proving his ownership of the motorcycle.
A day prior to this, the suspect was flagged down by traffic enforcer Christian Cuaycong after he was seen riding a black Honda Click motorcycle on a sidewalk along MacArthur Highway corner A. Pablo Street in Valenzuela at about 4 p.m.
Castro, who was wearing a helmet and face mask at the time, reportedly introduced himself as a member of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
However, when Cuaycong asked for an identification card, the suspect tried to flee, but failed after the traffic enforcer blocked his path and snatched the keys of the motorcycle.
Castro then pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and shot Cuaycong, but his gun jammed. When the traffic enforcer heard the suspect cock his gun, he ran towards the Valenzuela City Police Station to ask for police assistance.
After that, the suspect blocked the path of Rico Prestosa, 23, and forcibly took his motorcycle after hitting him on the head with the grip of his handgun.
The motorcycle that Castro left behind was found to be stolen in December 2019 from Ronnie Bechayda Bofill of Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque.
Castro, who is now under custody at the Manila Police District, will be facing charges for attempted murder, carnapping with physical injury, violation of Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.