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Robber-cum-serial rapist charged

  • Written by Melnie Ragasa-Jimena
  • Published in Metro
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Charges of robbery with homicide, rape and illegal possession of firearms and explosive as well as possession of illegal drugs were slapped against a suspected robber and serial rapist tagged in the shooting to death of a female Korean national and involved in several other robbery-holdup incidents in Quezon City.
    
The suspect, identified as Mark Malubay Soque, 29, jobless, of 1687 Riverside Ext., Bgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City, underwent inquest proceedings yesterday afternoon at the QC Prosecutor’s Office for the said charges.
   
Soque was arrested Thursday morning in front of Ever Gotesco mall in Commonwealth, Quezon City, apparently about to stage another robbery.
 
Operatives recovered from the suspect a a hand grenade, a cal. .45 pistol, several small plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and a red Yamaha motorcycle.
    
Investigation further revealed that the suspect was also responsible for robbery-holdup incidents in at least eight business establishments in Quezon City, the latest of which was that of Park’s case.   
    
Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) head Chief Insp. Rodel Marcelo, assistant commander of SITG Park, said they are now coordinating with other police units and are investigating the suspect’s involvement in series of robbery with rape incidents in Quezon City since December 2014.
 
Police investigators are checking his involvement in the following robbery-holdup incidents at Genilo Derma Solution on Maginhawa St., UP Village (Dec. 23, 2014); Kafe Hugo on E. Rodriguez cor. Tomas Morato (9:30 p.m. of Jan. 22, 2015); LEJOYZ Spa at 306-D Sct. Madrinan cor. Tomas Morato Ave. (10:30 p.m. of Jan. 22, 2015); Fiesta Food Inc. at 22 East Avenue, QC (10:50 p.m. of Jan. 22, 2015); Infinity Tea House at 28 Regalado St., Fairview, QC (12:51p.m. of Jan. 26, 2015); VM Design at 196 B, Katipunan Avenue, Blue Ridge A, QC (bet. 3 and 3:30 p.m., Jan. 27, 2015); Hoy Panga Restaurant at 73-D Commonwealth Ave., QC (1:30 p.m. of Feb. 2, 2015) and Beanleaf Coffee House at 16 Holy Spirit Drive, QC (12 p.m. of Feb. 9, 2015).
    
Investigators said more than P700,000 in cash and valuables could have been taken by the suspect from the aforesaid robbery incidents.
 
Meanwhile, at the CIDU office in Camp Tomas Karingal, the victims at the Beanleaf Coffee House and VM design who were reported to have been allegedly sexually molested, have positively identified the suspect as the same person who robbed and raped them. Also, other victims from the abovementioned establishments identified the suspect as the one who robbed them.