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Authorities arrested the leader of the so-called “Martilyo Gang” during an operation in Ozamis City Friday morning, police said.

Glenn Tayrus was arrested at a popular fastfood chain’s branch along Don Bernad ave. around 9 a.m., Northern Mindanao regional police director Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said.

Elements of the Cagayan de Oro City Police, Regional Public Safety Battalion, Regional Special Operations Group, and 10th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit carried out the arrest on a warrant for robbery with violence against persons, Cruz said.

Tayrus is one of the principal suspects in robbing a branch of the Development Bank of the Philippines and a pawnshop in Cagayan de Oro in November 2013 and December 2014, respectively, he said.

Tayrus is tagged as the National Police’s most wanted person among crime groups, being the leader of the Martilyo Gang that operates nationwide, Cruz said, citing records of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

The gang, whose members use hammers in staging holdups, has been blamed for two heists inside the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City in January and December 2013.

It can be recalled that those incidents had prompted the National Capital Region Police to ask mall managements to control, if not prohibit, the sale of hammers inside their premises. (John Roson)

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A radio anchorman escaped unhurt from an ambush in Ozamis City early Wednesday, police said.

Cosme Maestrado, an anchor at the local DXOC radio station, even managed fired back at his assailant and went to work after the incident, Chief Supt. Jufel Adriatico, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred past 4 a.m. at the Manincol-Bacolod intersection of the National Highway.

Maestrado, a resident of Brgy. Manincol, was driving his car on the way to work around 4 a.m., when an unidentified man approached the vehicle and fired at the former four times with a caliber-.45 pistol.

“He (Maestrado) wasn’t hit, so he was able to recline his chair and waited for the assailant to come closer because that, according to him, was an opportunity to fire back,” Adriatico said.

Sensing that the victim was putting up a defensive action, the suspect ran to a waiting motorcycle driven by another suspect and escaped.

Maestrado, meanwhile, also saw four other men flee on two motorcycles after the incident.

“Those guys were around several meters away from him, perhaps those people served as lookouts,” Adriatico said.

Maestrado later reported the incident to the local police, who invited him to their station, but the radio anchor chose to proceed to the radio station for his scheduled program with two police escorts.

“Its possible na connected talaga (yung insidente) sa trabaho, its very possible that this is linked to him being a radio anchorman… ang first na tinitingnan natin ay ‘yung pagiging media practitioner niya, but all other angles ay titingnan din natin,” Adriatico said. (John Roson)

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