A SEPTUAGENARIAN was arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by personnel of Bacolod Police Station 8 after he tried to molest his 14-year-old neighbor at Purok Sisi, Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City Tuesday evening.

Senior Police Officer 4 Arlyn Torrendon, deputy chief of Women and Children Protection Desk, said Wednesday the 72-year-old suspect, whose name is being withheld by the police, is facing frustrated murder charges after he mauled and tried to molest the girl.

She said at about 6 p.m., the suspect asked the victim to get water for him and he will pay for her service. However, when the girl entered his house he suddenly hit her head using a wood.

The girl tried to fight back but the suspect hit her again three times and pushed her towards his bed and pulled down her short, Torrendon added.

Torrendon said the victim managed to escape and sought the assistance of her family that resulted to the arrest of the suspect.

The girl sustained wounds in her head and was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.

Torrendon said the suspect is detained at the lock up cell of Police Station 8.