A MECHANIC, who shot dead a barangay traffic enforcer in Cubao, Quezon City, before running the victim over with a car belonging to one of his customers, was captured by combined agents of the Quezon City Police District and the Police Regional Office 2 inside a hotel in Aparri town shortly before midnight Monday, a report to Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa said yesterday.
Suspect Geronimo Iquin was arrested inside one of the rooms of Dream Land Hotel in Bgy. Macanaya in Aparri, which is some 555 kilometers away from Manila, barely 72 hours after he killed Ernesto Paras Jr., a traffic enforcer of Bgy. Sila-ngan in Cubao, last Friday morning, said National Capital Region police director Chief Supt. Oscar D. Albayalde.
Gen. Dela Rosa and Albayalde commended the QCPD, headed by Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, for another job well done in tracking down a fugitive from law. “It’s another proof that the long arm of the law will catch up with anybody who has committed a crime,” Albayalde said.
According to Eleazar, the suspect was arrested by members of the QCPD Station 7 and the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit at 11:45 p.m. Monday inside the Aparri hotel, in coordination, with the police stations of Santiago City, Tuguegarao City and Aparri, all under PRO2 director Chief Supt. Gilbert C. Sosa.
Eleazar said the suspect’s arrest was made following information provided to them by some witnesses to the crime as well as the people who hired the suspect as a mechanic.
Iquin, 46, was punched straight to the face by an angry relative of Paras as he was being presented to the press by Albayalde and Eleazar. Officials were caught off-guard when the man sneaked in front of them to punch the suspect before he was pacified by officers, led by PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo B. Carlos.
Witnesses positively identified the suspect, a widower with one child, as the man in the CCTV footage who killed Paras. He said Iquin threw the murder weapon, a home-made cal. .38 revolver, at the Pasig River shortly after emptying its content on the traffic enforcer out of rage.