75-year-old man arrested for attacking three people, including a lawyer, in Compostela
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Three people, including a lawyer, were rushed to a hospital after a 75-year-old man attacked them in Compostela town, northern Cebu on Monday, August 7.
The suspect, whom police identified as Fortunato Rosales, was arrested shortly.
Attack in lawyer’s house in Compostela
Police in Compostela said the attack happened outside the house of lawyer Emmanuel Pacquiao in a gated subdivision in Brgy. Estaca.
At around 8:25 a.m. on Monday, Rosales visited Pacquiao’s residence, said Police Executive Master Sergeant Oliver Pilapil Rondina.
He asked the lawyer’s caretaker, a certain Jenalyn Domdom Lao, if her employer was present. Lao, in turn, went inside the house to inform Pacquiao.
Woman shot, another one stabbed
When Pacquiao emerged from the house, Rosales allegedly shot him on his leg. The gunshot prompted Pacquiao’s live-in partner, Warlita Kintanar, 49, to rush outside and scream for help.
However, Rosales reportedly shot Warlita on her right leg. The suspect also allegedly chased down Lao and stabbed her multiple times before he escaped.
Rosales, however, got arrested by responding officers.
Investigators seized a caliber 45 pistol with magazine and one live ammo from the suspect. They also retrieved one empty shell, a slug, and a kitchen knife, believed to be used in stabbing the caretaker, from the crime scene.
Meanwhile, police continue to conduct an investigation to determine Rosales’ motives behind the attack.
Compostela is a third-class municipality located approximately 31 kilometers north of Cebu City.
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