MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Ivan Padilla, leader of the notorious Padilla carnapping syndicate, was killed after a shootout with authorities in Makati City Monday morning.
Padilla was arrested by operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Anti-Carnapping group at 3 a.m. after authorities received a tip that Padilla was poised to strike again in Makati.
Padilla was wounded after engaging arresting agents in an encounter. Police said Padilla opened fire after refusing to alight from his Toyota Vios.
The car theft gang leader was then taken to the Ospital ng Makati for treatment where he died.
Last week, two members of the Padilla group were arrested following the recovery of the vehicles of former Ambassador Roberto Romulo and the father of actor Derek Ramsay.
They were Dale Alemagno and Glen del Castillo. – With reports from ANC and Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News