LAY SUSPECT. Newsmen interview the arrested suspect in the killing of an old woman and her teen grandchild in Isabel Village, Barangay Tabang, Plaridel, Bulacan, after a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Manny Balbin)
CAMP GEN. ALEJO S. SANTOS, Bulacan -- The Bulacan police has arrested the lone suspect who killed an old woman and her teen grandchild and also had injured another grandchild during a robbery at the victims' house in Barangay Tabang, Plaridel Monday morning.
Senior Supt. Chito G. Bersaluna, director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, said the exhaustive investigation and continuous follow-up operations by joint elements of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), Provincial Special Operation Group (PSOG), Plaridel Municipal Police Station (MPS), and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), led to the identification and arrest of the suspect: Jay Vincent Marmeto, 27, also a resident of Barangay Tabang.
Based on the report of Plaridel police, the three victims were stabbed several times in different parts of their bodies as they tried to fight off with the suspect who broke into their home at around 5:51 a.m.
Killed were Sylvia Castillo, 64, and Cyrene San Pedro, 14, while seven-year-old James Cyrus Maliksi was injured.
Supt. Arwin M. Tadeo, PIB chief, said that on Tuesday, Jan. 8, a confidential informant narrated the facts and circumstances which led to the arrest of the suspect in his residence on the same day.
The suspect asked forgiveness from the relatives of the victims. "My only purpose was to steal at the victims' house because my wife is giving birth," he said during the press conference Tuesday night.
Plaridel Mayor Jocell Vistan, for her part, is thankful for the immediate arrest of the suspect.
Vistan offered a reward of PHP100,000 in exchange for any lead to the identification and arrest of the robber, who killed the victims.
Bersaluna said that the suspect is facing charges of attempted robbery with double homicide and frustrated homicide.
“The Bulacan police’s relentless follow-up investigation and operations that led to the significant breakthrough and case solution is proof enough of their competence, dedication, and teamwork to solve the said crime,” he said. (PNA)
Photo from Manny Balbin/PNA