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Police Identifies SUV Owner Involved in Assault of QC Traffic Enforcers

The owner of the SUV whose driver and passenger were caught on CCTV camera harassing two traffic enforcers in Quezon City on Wednesday has been identified.

The Quezon City Police District identified the suspect as Scott Ian L. Yu.

Based on LTO records, Yu is the registered owner of the black Mitsubishi Montero with plate number UJQ 889, which was flagged down by traffic enforcers Raul Mercado and Simplicio Retirado for entering a one-way street in Barangay East Kamias at around 11 a.m. on April 29.

The LTO document also showed that Yu is a registered resident of St. Ignatius Village, also in Quezon City. However, QCPD obtained barangay certification that the suspect no longer resides in said village.

Retirado and Mercado positively identified Yu as the SUV’s passenger. In an interview, Simplicio said it was Yu who first drew out his gun while still inside the vehicle.

His driver, whose identity is yet to be verified by authorities, was the one seen on video alighting from the vehicle and hitting Simplicio on the nape with his gun. Yu was seen in the footage getting off the vehicle while holding a gun.

A check with the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office also revealed that six firearms are registered under Yu’s name – two Colt .45 caliber pistols, an Elisco 5.56 caliber rifle, a Glock .40 caliber pistol, a Taurus 738TCP .380 caliber pistol, and a Taurus .38 caliber revolver.

The AFP Special Detail Unit, meanwhile, has issued a certification citing that Yu is not among the VIP’s they are protecting but has not confirmed whether Yu is a member or officer of the AFP.

The QCPD is preparing to file various charges, including grave threats and direct assault, against Yu and the still unidentified SUV driver.