P100T up for arrest of 'serial killer'

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Monday, July 26, 2010

ANGELES CITY -- A P100,000 reward has been offered for the immediate arrest of suspected "serial killer" Mark Dizon allegedly responsible in the series of killing incidents in this city.

Angeles City Police Director Danilo Bautista said Monday the reward money was offered by the Angeles City business community.

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Bautista said that the businessmen were alarmed of a series of robbery and killing incidents in Angeles City, that they decided to offer the cash reward for the arrest of Dizon, 28, computer technician, tagged as a "serial killer" based on police theories.

He said that all the victims of Dizon were robbed of different gadgets particularly laptops, cameras and cellular phones.

Before leaving his victims, Dizon allegedly "silenced them," police said.

On July 12, the bodies of Geoffrey Allan Bennun and his live-in partner, Abegail Helina, were already in a state of decomposition, when found in their house at Oasis Hotel and Villas in Clarkville Compound in Barangay Anunas. They were robbed of a laptop, a camera and a cellular phone.

On July 16, James Bolton Porter, 51, a British national and his live-in partner, Melissa Madarang, 22, were also found dead with gunshot wounds in their body at their residence at Sta. Maria Subdivision in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City.

And on July 22, US Air Force M/Sgt. Albert Mitchell, his wife Janet Andrenada, 53, and their house helpers Isabel Fajardo, Marissa Prado, and Boy Vergara were found dead at Hensonville Court Subdivision in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City.

All spent shells found near the victims were the same .9mm pistol used by the suspect in killing them, said Bautista.

He said that the .9mm caliber pistol used in the killing of the foreigners was not registered under the name of Mark Dizon.

A warrant of arrest against Dizon and Edgar Bognot dated January 13, 2005 for robbery and carnapping was duly served by the Angeles City police.

Bognot was arrested on June 9, 2005. However the case was dismissed due to the non-appearance of the complainant while the case against Dizon was archived.

He said that Angeles City Police on Monday filed robbery with homicide against Dizon who is now reportedly hiding somewhere in Tarlac.

Hold departure order sought

As this developed, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a hold departure order against Dizon.

The mayor in a press conference said that he will write a request to DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima to prevent the suspect from leaving and sneaking out the country.

"We should not give him (Dizon) the chance to leave the country and alert all law enforcement agencies including the DOJ for his arrest," Pamintuan said.

Dizon was suspected of killing couples Albert and Jeanette Androneda Mitchell; housemaids Marissa Prado and Isabel Fajardo; and driver Boy Vergara inside an apartment along Manuela Street, Hensonville Court subdivision at noon on Thursday. Albert is an American national.

Some electronic gadgets that were pawned by the suspect and were turned over Sunday to Pamintuan by the pawnshop owner.

Four items were surrendered, including a laptop, a digital camera, a video camera, and a cellular phone. The suspect pawned them for P20,000.00.

The return of the items strengthened the city police officials' theory that the suspect engaged in the latest killings might have something to do with two other slaying incidents involving a Canadian and a Briton.

Pamintuan perceived the suspect as a serial killer based on the pattern of the consecutive crimes.

He said that he was saddened by these hideous crimes but emphasized that there is no need to be afraid anymore now that the suspect has been well identified.

"This is not a total breakdown of the peace and order because it is only operated by a lone criminal," Pamintuan added.

According to Investigation Detection Management Branch head Police Chief Inspector Marciano Banola, the case is considered solved from the Philippine National Police (PNP) standpoint. Furthermore, the local police said that the city is in "tight seal" status.

With these developments, the Philippine National Police and the local government are reportedly getting much closer in attaining swift justice to the victims and reviving the peace and order within the city being the haven of the retirees around the world. (Rey G. Navales/with reports from Ric Sapnu and Jovi T. De Leon)

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