The arrest of a suspect known only as alias Jepoy,turned fatal after he engaged police in a gunfight at Phase 3, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, Monday night.
Caloocan City Police said a man and a woman reported a robbery and rape along a dark alley at 10:00 p.m. on Monday.
They said the robber pointed a gun at them and demanded their wallets and cellphones.
“Nakuha po yung cellphone namin tapos yung pera na nagkakahalaga na P600 (he took our cellphones and cash worth P600),” said the male victim.
Not done with them yet, the robber proceeded to rape the 20-year-old female victim.
“Ngayon lang po natin ito naencounter hinoldap na po yung ating kababayan pinagsamantalahan pa po sa harap ng kanyang kaibigan (This is the first time we’ve encountered a robbery where the holdupper even raped the victim in front of her friend),” PCP3 commander PCI Raymund Nicholas said.
The male victim said he couldn’t help his friend because he was also under threat.
“Hindi ko po siya natulungan kasi tinutukan din ako ng baril kaya hindi ko siya natulungan (I couldn’t help her because a gun was also pointed at me) ,” he said,
Authorities promptly carried out a follow-up operation and found a man who matched the description of the suspect.
When police was about to make the arrest, an encounter ensued.
“Nung nirespondehan ng mga pulis nung inabutan ang suspek eh bumunot ng baril at lumaban sa kapulisan (When police responded, the suspect pulled out a gun and exchanged fire with the police),” said Nicholas.
“May mga biktima po tayo na nag identify sa kanya, (We have victims who identified him) he added.
A .38 caliber revolver was recovered from the suspect. — Reynante Ponte