Wanted murder suspect arrested by Or. Mindoro PNP in Caloocan
CALAPAN CITY – An elusive murder suspect, who is long being wanted by authorities in Oriental Mindoro, was arrested not in this province but in Caloocan City, Metro Manila in casing and follow-up operations conducted last week by members of Bansud (Oriental Mindoro) municipal police station.
In a report furnished to newsmen here over the weekend, Sr. Inspector Aldrin M. Enrico, chief of Bansud – Philippine National Police (PNP), identified the suspect as Jay Mendizabal, 22, who was arrested in his hiding place at Phase One, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City in the afternoon of October 24.
According to Captain Enrico, Mendizabal is facing a murder case at the sala of Judge Recto Calabocal of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch No. 40 in the town of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro.
Based on court records, Mendizabal, together with his 30-year old brother Mark, allegedly hacked and stabbed to dead one Gerry Castillo on October 12, 2011 in Brgy. Catmon, Bansud.
The crime was said to be the result of a long-standing feud between the families of the suspect and the victim that also resulted to the death of a Mendizabal’s father, allegedly committed by one of the victim’s kin.
During the arrest operation as soon as the apprehending team from Bansud PNP located the room where he was hiding in Caloocan, PO3 Dante S. Sadicon, one of those who arrested, said the suspect even tried to resist arrest and fought off the apprehending policemen by attempting to open fire on them, using his (Mendizabal’s) .45 caliber gun firearm.
Also with PO3 Sadicon during the casing and arrest operations are SPO1Joel Malimata and PO2 Alexander Collado, all members of Bansud municipal police force.
The operations, said Enrico, is in accordance with the directive of Bansud Mayor Ronaldo Morada to all local policemen to make extra effort in getting all wanted persons, especially those who criminals with high-profile cases and escapees in their town.(By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)