MANILA, Philippines — Residents of Central Park Tower condominium were stunned when a distraught man went on a stabbing spree at around six o’clock in the evening last night.
The suspect was identified as Alberto Garan alias Abet, 39 years old, a resident of barangay Catugay Baggao, Cagayan.
In a statement by NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde, the incident erupted from a fight between the suspect and his girlfriend, Emelyn Sagun.
“It seems that it was caused perhaps by anger as the sibling (of the girlfriend of the suspect) confirmed he was not drunk and he even slept over in a room at their unit last night,” said Albayalde.
A CCTV footage in the building was able to capture the suspect chasing a female victim with a knife.
After stabbing Sagun, Garan dropped her body through the stairway aisle from the sixteenth floor of the building.
He then intruded some units and stabbed anyone he ran into including a girl walking along the hallway.
According to the Southern Police District (SPD), the suspect killed a total of five people while four others were injured and were rushed to the hospital.
Authorities conducted a unit to unit inspection in the entire 25-story building. They were able to corner the suspect inside a vacant unit at the 22nd floor of the condominium.
The suspect resisted with the knife he used for stabbing, prompting policemen to fire at him and ending up killing him. Authorities are still investigating the incident.
Victims who were killed:
Emelyn Sagun, 30 years old
Daisery Castillo, 12 years old
Ligaya Dimapilis, 36 years old
Joel Palacios, 70 years old
Letecia Ecsiagan, 50 to 60 years old
Victims who were injured:
Belcris Elorde, 24 years old
April Joy Sagarino, 20 years old
Arlyn Dian Cordero, 20 years old
Margie Morales, 26 years old
— Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue