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Seaman arrested after holding mother hostage

A SEAMAN was arrested after he held his own mother hostage in Barangay 4, Victorias City, Friday night.

Police withheld the name of the suspect whom they identified only as 39 years old, a seafarer and resident of Magsaysay St. in the said barangay.

Victorias City police chief, Police Lt. Colonel Eduardo Corpuz, said they responded to the area after neighbors heard gunshots inside the suspect's house.

Upon the arrival of the police, the suspect believed under the influence of illegal drugs was holding his own mother hostage with a remington sniper rifle.

A stand-off occurred between the suspect and police which lasted for several hours until about 11:00 p.m.

The suspect finally came out after his ex-girlfriend contacted him on the phone.

Their conversation lasted for about 30 minutes convincing the suspect to come out of the house.

He was peeking at the gate when the members of the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team made the assault, immobilized the suspect, and arrested him on the spot.

Police recovered from the suspect a sniper rifle, caliber bullets, one caliber ammunition, a sachet of suspected shabu, and six empty sachets with traces of suspected shabu.

In a background investigation carried out by police, they determined that the suspect had arrived last August 26 and was placed on quarantine for two weeks.

During the period the suspect had been having anger outbursts. The suspect had also not been eating or having any sleep for the past few days prior to the hostage taking.

The suspect was also supposed to return back to work next month after he managed to renew his contract with his shipping agency.

The suspect is facing charges for illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms. He is presently detained at the Victorias City Police Station.


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