Retarded girl’s rapist slain

March 07, 2020

LUCENA CITY— A drug personality who raped an 11 year-old mentally retarded girl was killed after he engaged in a shootout with policemen who were about to arrest him at Purok Maulawin, Bgy. Isabang, here, before midnight yesterday.

City police director, Lt. Col. Romulo Albacea identified the slain suspect as Michael Zafranco, 26, baker and resident of said village.

Albacea said Zafranco who has been included in their drug watchlist was named as the one who molested and raped her mentally retarded neighbor.

But the girl, though has a mental disability was able to tell her mother that while she was playing alone at the river bank on Friday late afternoon, Zafranco approached her and touched her private parts before he brought her to the grassy portion of the area where she was subsequently raped.

The girl said the suspect gave her P20 and threatened to kill her once she tells anyone about what he did to her.

Upon learning of her daughter’s ordeal, the mother quickly accompanied the girl to the police and reported the incident at 9:00 p.m.

Acting on the complaint, Albacea said he immediately dispatched his operatives from Intelligence and Follow- up sections.