Student succumbs to stab wounds

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013


POLICE operatives are now on a manhunt against suspects who mauled and stabbed a college student last January 4, 2013.

Jeffrey Yaranon, 21-years-old, sustained multiple stab wounds that resulted in his death after an altercation with his fellow students around 3 p.m. Friday along Sumulong and Bonifacio streets, police officials said.

The victim, who was just a few meters away from his school, Data Center Colleges of the Philippines, was accompanied by a friend when they had a quarrel with another group of men.

Inspector Arnold Caguioa, of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), identified the suspects as Leif Alister Villanueva, 22, who allegedly stabbed Yaranon several times; and his companions Robinson Caridad, 21; and Angelo Peñaranda, 24; -- both exchanged blows with the victim.

However, during the fight, police investigations revealed Villanueva brought out a fan knife and stabbed the suspect several times.

The victim was rushed by his friends, who were in the area, to the Saint Louis University Hospital of the Sacred Heart, but died while being treated.

Holyghost village chief Angelito Alcantara, who lives near the crime scene, responded to the area and was able to arrest Peñaranda while the two others escaped.

Police recovered from the crime scene a nine-inch long fan knife which was used by the suspect in allegedly stabbing the victim. The weapon was sent to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory for serology examination.

Caguioa launched a follow-up operation to know the whereabouts of the two other suspects that include Villanueva.

However, follow-up operations to arrest the suspects remained unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, one of arrested suspect, Peñaranda, was already detained at the Baguio City Jail and was charged with homicide after inquest proceedings headed by Prosecutor Ma. Lourdes Soriano.

The father of the victim, Leoncio Yaranon, was also interviewed by the police together with other witnesses to strengthen the homicide case that will be filed against them.

Police, however, are still determining the motive of the suspects in stabbing the victim as there is a possibility the case will be elevated into a murder case.

Caguioa said they will continuously send mobile patrol units in Bonifacio and Sumulong streets, which are part of Baguio’s university belt.

He added they are also doing their best to track down the whereabouts of the two other suspects who are still at large.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 10, 2013.

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