Sporting personalized tattoo marks could mean disaster especially to a carjacking gang leader who has been hiding and running away for months from pursuing lawmen.
Senior Supt. Ferdinand Villanueva, chief of the Quezon City Police District-Anti Carnapping Unit, said that despite attempts by Rolando Talban to mislead authorities by giving a false name, investigators were able to positively identify him through the tribal and Superman tattoos on his body.
Aside from these, Talban has scars on the chest and left thigh that were actually bullet wounds he sustained following an encounter with elements of the Highway Patrol Group in 2010.
Talban, tagged as the leader of the notorious Dominguez carnap gang, was being pursued by police elements on the strength of a warrant of arrest for his alleged involvement in the killing of car dealer Venson Evangelista, Maria Teresita Teano and Emerson Lozano, son of prominent lawyer Oliver Lozano, during a series of carjacking incidents in Quezon City in 2011.
Talban was arrested by police elements last week after he figured in a foiled carjacking attempt involving a silver Toyota Innova (TIV-542) owned by Robert Ramos and Leodegario Dimayuga Jr. in front of Bagong Bayan Elementary School in Barangay Burol 1, Dasmariñas City.
According to police reports, Ramos and Dimayuga fought it out with Talban who was wounded when the two shot the suspect with the latter's own .45 caliber pistol. Dimayuga was rushed to the St. Paul Hospital also in Dasmariñas City after himself sustaining a bullet wound in the right thigh.
Police said that Talban had also been mauled by bystanders before they arrived at the crime scene.
Recovered from Talban were a caliber .45 pistol, a police jacket, a megaphone, a siren and red cable straps (which the suspect used to hog-tie his victims).
When interrogated by QC Police in Dasmariñas City last Thursday, Tablan introduced himself as "Wilson Mendoza" of Nagsugbu, Batangas, reports added. Unfortunately for him, his tattoos gave him away.