QCOSTARICA – Two men who were traveling in separate cars, were shooting at each other on Saturday while driving on the Ruta 27, in the direction of San Jose, in the area near La Guacima, Alajuela.
The police report says they got the call around 9:30am and after chasing the suspects for some distance, both were arrested separately in Alajuela.
The first, identified by his last name Montoya, has a history of illegal possession of weapons, vehicle theft and aggravated robbery. The second, a man identified by his last name Cordero, has open cases for murder, aggravated robbery and illegal possession of weapons, according to the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP).
The preliminary report by police says that the suspects, for reasons yet unknown, opened fired at each other while driving, increasing speed and then suddenly veering off the highway at La Guacima.
Montoya headed for Villa Bonita, where he collided with a parked vehicle, abandoned his vehicle and took off in a taxi. A quick note of the taxi plate led to the man’s arrest. On him and confiscated by police were two OIJ marked bullet proof vests, three weapons and a ski mask. Authorities are now trying to verify if the vests are police issue.
The other, Cordero, reached the area of El Roble de Alajuela, where he too had to abandon his vehicle after entering a dead-end street. He tried to escape on foot, through the thickets, but minutes later was in police custody.
The two men now face a series of charges.