THE confession of one of the members of the robbery group who were responsible for the slaying of an Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) student in Marikina City led to the arrest of the two suspects, including a minor, during an operation on Wednesday.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar and Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba presented to the media suspects Jayvee Santos, alias Diablo, 24, out-of-school youth, and a 16-year-old boy, who is now in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and who allegedly stabbed to death Francis de Leon, 24.
Santos was nabbed at a police checkpoint in Bgy. Apitong while allegedly about to stage another holdup. He was carrying a gun when apprehended by cops while the minor was arrested in a follow-up operation in his house in Bgy. Tumana.
Marikina police chief Senior Supt. Roger Quesada said Santos was convicted for robbery charges and was just released on jail four months ago.
He was also facing charges of attempted homicide for defending his wife.
However, the suspect denied the incident and claimed that he was in Sta. Barbara, San Mateo, Rizal, during the killing.
A witness, identified as Ralph, surfaced at the Marikina Police Station and confessed that the two suspects and him planned the said robbery along J. Molina St., Bgy. Concepcion on Saturday where victim was found dead lying on the street a few meters away from his house.
“Ang plano maghoholdap lang kami kahit sino mapadaan doon sa lugar, pero nu’n papunta na ako sa lugar na pinag-usapan. Nabulilyaso ang lakad ko nang makita kong dumadaan ang mobile, kaya hindi ako sumama sa panghoholdap,” the witness said during press conference at the Marikina City Hall.
The body of De Leon was found along J. Molina St. corner Blue Bird St. in Bgy. Concepcion, Marikina City at around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday.
He was on his way home from Ayala Malls to do a research when held up and killed by the suspects.
Based on CCTV footages in the area, the victim was seen walking home at 1 a.m. and nobody was seen following him before he was killed.