Robinsons mall heist leaves 3 hurt

Posted at 06/22/2012 11:58 AM | Updated as of 06/23/2012 12:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Two security guards and a bank teller were wounded in a robbery incident inside Robinsons Metro East mall in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig City on Friday.

Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel, Eastern Police District director, said two armed men robbed a bank teller who was supposed to deliver money to Robinsons Bank.

Aside from the bank teller, two security guards were injured in the robbery. They were bank teller security aide Edwin Garcia and grocery store guard Domingo Rodriguez. The teller’s identity has yet to be revealed.

Laurel said the teller disclosed that some P550,000 were taken by the suspects.

He said the two men were armed with .45-caliber pistol each.

Another man also reportedly served as the robbers’ lookout, while two more waited outside the mall.

The injured victims were rushed to nearby Salve Regina General Hospital for treatment.

The suspects’ get-away vehicle, a white Hyundai vehicle, was abandoned in Barangay San Roque, Marikina.

Laurel said they will investigate how the armed suspects were able to enter the mall.

“Malaking tanong iyan dahil may mga gwardya. Mahigpit naman ang mga gwardya, yan ang tinitignan natin.,” Laurel said.

Police will also examine footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera to identify the suspects.

A witness said mallgoers panicked upon hearing the gunshots. She said the shootout lasted about 5 minutes.

The mall management has yet to issue a statement regarding the incident. – reports from Johnson Manabat, dzMM; and Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News