Minor, 2 others charged for stealing rifle

Posted on Nov 28 2000

Superior Court Associate Judge Juan T. Lizama yesterday set a $25,000 bail each for the temporary release of suspects Angel Selepeo Taman, 19, and Allen Fitipol Castro, 26, who are facing charges of possession of firearms, carrying firearms, burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.

A third suspect who is a minor was separately charged by the Attorney General’s Office in the court.

According to investigation conducted by Detective Mark S. Taisacan, the 15-year-old suspect entered the house of Joseph Aldan Deleon Guerrero in Upper Miha Housing and took a Ruger Mini-14 rifle along with over 100 bullets.

Mr. Deleon Guerrero, employee of MTC, later on learned from a neighbor that Mr. Taman was trying to sell a rifle for $1,000. He immediately confronted Mr. Taman who pointed to the minor as the one who is in possession of the gun.

Another neighbor told Mr. Deleon Guerrero that the rifle was being sold by the minor and Mr. Taman for $200. Later on, Mr. Taman admitted that he tried to sell the rifle for $1,000 and even fired the gun at Bird Island.

Judge Lizama said the suspects face possible imprisonment of up to 17 years and eight months in jail if found guilty.

During the bail hearing, Judge Lizama asked the Assistant Attorney General to toss a coin to settle the issue on who among the two suspects will be represented by the Public Defender’s Office and a court appointed lawyer. Mr. Castro will be represented by the public defender and Mr. Taman will be given a court appointed private counsel. (LFR)

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