THE Quezon City Police District (QCPD) arrested two ambulant vendors who were tagged in the killing of a 60-year-old housemaid yesterday in Bgy. Central, Quezon City.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. identified the suspects as Orlan Pineda, 38, of Purok 2, Sta. Rita, Nueva Ecija, and Charlie Valles, 45, of 30-C Sampaguita St., Caloocan City. Both ambulant vendors of fish and crab frequent the place of the victim, Leoncia Tupas, at 37 Matiyaga St., Bgy. Central, who was a regular customer of the suspects along with some neighbors.
A report from Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said Tupas was seen chatting with the suspects at about 4 p.m. of October 1, 2018.
According to Angelita Angeles, 73, employer of Tupas, she was praying in the living room when she saw the suspects entering the house.
Her housemaid reportedly even offered water to the suspects.
Angeles said she did not notice the suspects leaving the house. After praying, she went to the kitchen and saw Tupas lying lifeless on the pavement, with her hands tied behind her back using pieces of clothes.
Angeles called up her son Jose as well as her neighbor Rogelio Javier to check the incident.
Javier then reported the incident to barangay officials and the police.
After gathering information on the suspects, aside from a review of a closed circuit television recording, a follow-up operation was immediately conducted by Kamuning Police Station (PS 10) under Supt. Louise Benjie Tremor at past 11 p.m. yesterday that resulted in the arrest of the suspects at Valles’ house in Caloocan.
Seized from them were a brown coin purse with P7,000 cash and the two pails (fish/crab containers) that were seen also on the CCTV.
After their arrest, the suspects admitted to have perpetrated the crime. They are now facing charges of robbery with homicide and will be brought for inquest to the City Prosecutor’s Office.
Esquivel lauded the operatives for the immediate arrest of the suspects, citing also the importance of CCTV in criminal investigation to identify the culprits.