Irony in Dominican Republic: Lawyer kills client previously defended

"According to El Caribe and other newspapers, the lawyer was returning to his home in Invimosa early yesterday morning when he was stopped by three young men. Since he recognized them as his former clients on several occasions, he stopped, only to be told that it was a hold up..."

Santo Domingo’s National Police are investigating the circumstances where one of three alleged thieves was killed by a lawyer who had previously defended the victim.

According to El Caribe and other newspapers, the lawyer was returning to his home in Invimosa early yesterday morning when he was stopped by three young men. Since he recognized them as his former clients on several occasions, he stopped, only to be told that it was a hold up.

While resisting the robbery a gun went off and Ezequiel D’Oleo Polanco and/or Miguel Angel Polanco (a.k.a.Marchante“) fell, mortally wounded. He was taken to the Dario Contreras Hospital where he died. The Police are actively pursuing Jancel Josue de la Cruz and a man known only as Bairon, who also took part in the robbery. When the lawyer’s Nissan Pathfinder stopped near the three men, they broke the front windshield and told him that it was a hold up.

The victim had been arraigned on charges of attempted murder of Zhen Hui We, a Chinese national, during a robbery in the Hainamosa sector last June.

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