A grenade has exploded and a gunfight ensued in a daring robbery Thursday morning inside Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, killing a bank security guard injuring six others.
According to reports, robbers threw two grenades towards a Security Bank cash delivery van that was set to deliver money to the Sanry moneychanger shop. The other grenade failed to explode.
CCTV videos showed the suspects fleeing. However, the video didn’t show the suspects’ distinct facial features. Police said the robbers fled with an undetermined amount of money.
The lone fatality as Rodrigo Villa, a Security Bank guard escort. Another security escort, Roderick Reloso, was also seriously injured. Also hurt were Security Bank tellers Vincent Mangatura and Lea del Mundo and Paul Adrian, Johansen Dionisio and Jeremy Rabe.
The victims were rushed to Medical City and Rizal Medical Center for treatment.
In the afternoon, the mall was still locked down and no one was allowed to get in. Those going out are heavily scrutinized. The perpetrators are still being located.
The current tension in the area has already caused heavy traffic in the Edsa-Ortigas area.
Later, PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome visited the crime scene.