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Taxi driver outsmarts robbers

The gun turned out to be a replica of a caliber 45 pistol but the six-inch-long ice pick was real.

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A taxi driver’s quick thinking landed two robbers in jail after they tried to hold him up and, failing that, escaped with his vehicle before dawn Friday in Quezon City.

Arrested by responding policemen from the Fairview station of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) were Ramil Olalia, 42, a resident of Sta. Cruz, Manila; and Anthony Faeldon, 28, from Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City.

A gun and an icepick were seized from the suspects who fell in a dragnet set up by the police after the taxi driver Sammer Odin, 42, jumped off his vehicle and run away.

Odin immediately reported at the Fairview police station the robbery attempt-cum-carnapping. The suspects drove the taxi away possibly with the intent to use it in another crime.

At about 1:30 a.m. Friday, Odin picked up the suspects at a gasoline station along Tandang Sora Street in Barangay Culiat.

Olalia and Faeldon asked Odin to bring them to Fairview before announcing the heist near Barangay Greater Fairview.

Policemen alerted through an all-points bulletin chanced upon the taxi with license plate NCW 5011 along Regalado Avenue, corner Republic Avenue.

The gun turned out to be a replica of a caliber 45 pistol but the six-inch-long ice pick was real.

The suspects were charged with violations of Article 293 of the Revised Penal Code (robbery hold-up), Republic Act 10883 (New Anti-Carnapping Law) and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

They were charged with illegal possession of firearms because gun replicas are considered as real firearms when used in the commission of crimes.

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