Quezon City hostage-taker jumps from building

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


(UPDATED) A suspect in a recent hostage-taking incident in Quezon City tried to escape from police custody by jumping from a government building Wednesday morning.

Jerry Lo, the alleged suspect in the hostage drama in Sta. Teresita, Quezon City last Monday jumped over the ledge from the fourth floor of the six-storey high Quezon City Hall of Justice plunging into the building's canteen.

Senior Inspector Richie Claraval, Quezon City Hall Police Detachment chief, said the incident happened while the suspect was waiting for the inquest proceedings of his case. He was being escorted by policemen from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) station 1.

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Claraval said that there was an "apparent laxity" on the part of Lo's police escorts from Quezon City Police District (QCPD) station 1 who accompanied the suspect at the City Prosecutor's Office.

The witnesses, however, said that Lo might have noticed it so he took the opportunity to escape by jumping over the ledge.

Elvira Guarzon, an employee from the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) of the City Hall who was in the canteen at the time of the incident, was also hurt.

Guarzon was rushed to the hospital for the minor injuries she obtained from the incident.

At the same time, security personnel immediately brought Lo to the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) where he is currently being treated. The attending physicians however refused to divulge his current status.

On January 6, Lo held five members of their family hostage including his own mother and a one-year-old toddler.

Lo stabbed his mother in the chest while the suspect's cousin John Carlo Gelendon was stabbed in the arms, chest and knee.

Lo was facing cases of frustrated parricide, frustrated murder and serious illegal detention.

The prosecutor proceeded with the inquest proceeding at the EAMC emergency room even while Lo was unconscious. (Sunnex)

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