EAMC hostage-taker COVID-19 positive, 10 responding cops quarantined — drop head

EAMC hostage-taker
Hilarion Achondo, 51, who held a doctor hostage at the EAMC has tested positive for COVID-19. File photo by MELNIE RAGASA-JIMENA

THE patient who held a doctor hostage at the emergency room of the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) has tested positive for COVID-19.

The suspect identified as Hilarion Achondo, 51, was immediately transferred to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center after undergoing inquest proceeding for the cases of alarm and scandal and grave threat.

It can be recalled that on Wednesday morning, Achondo grabbed and threatened to stab Dr. Rusell Carandang with a syringe.

Achondo apparently got irked after he was not attended to immediately due to a large number of patients in the emergency room.

Achondo went to the East Avenue Medical Center for treatment of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.

QCPD-CIDU investigators were inside the facility of EAMC to investigate a homicide case when they noticed a commotion at the emergency room.

Sensing immediate danger, PSSG Ribaya introduced himself as a police officer and tried to pacify the suspect.

After several minutes of negotiation,  the suspect released the victim unharmed.

It was later learned that on the same day that he met the accident, Achondo was on his way to the Lung Center Hospital to get the result of his swab test for COVID-19.

The result yielded positive result that required ten policemen of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit to  be quarantined for 14 days because they had a close contact with the suspect during the negotiation and after his arrest.