THE 23-YEAR-OLD man who stabbed to death his aunt and wounded another aunt in Aloguinsan town was finally arrested three days after he committed the crime.

Operatives from the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) arrested James Harvey Nengasca while he was hiding in Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City on Wednesday, June 29, 2022,

Nengasca had been on the run from the police after he brutally murdered his aunt, Arsenia Nengasca Alidani, inside her shop in Barangay Bonbon, Aloguinsan town on Sunday, June 26. Another aunt of the suspect, Belen Nengasca Biton, is currently at the hospital after she sustained several wounds when her nephew attacked her on the same day.

Police were able to locate Nengasca after they received a tip from a concerned citizen of an alleged armed man prowling in Lagtang that fit the murder suspect’s description.

Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit, CPPO’s deputy director for operations, said that they immediately organized a team composed of local police from Talisay City and Aloguinsan to verify the concerned citizen’s tip.

When they finally located Nengasca in Barangay Lagtang at around noontime on Wednesday, local police immediately organized a plan to corner and arrest him.

When police arrested him, Nengasca was reportedly armed but didn’t try to fight back against his captors.

Police were able to recover a .45 caliber pistol from Nengasca but failed to recover the cash and jewelry he stole after he murdered his aunt.

Gambling debts

Nengasca, when interviewed by reporters, admitted that he regretted what he did to his two aunts.

He alleged that his gambling debts forced him to commit the crime.

Nengasca recalled that he visited his aunt Arsenia’s shop to borrow some money after losing P5,000 in a cockfight. He didn’t mention to Arsenia that he had lost the money due to gambling as he was afraid that she would reprimand him.

But when Arsenia refused to give him money, Nengasca admitted that he got angry. Using a pair of scissors he found inside his aunt’s shop, Nengasca stabbed Arsenia several times.

“Pasayloa ko tiya, walay kapatawaran ning akong nabuhat, tungod gyud ni sa sugal,” Nengasca told reporters.

Case closed

Sucalit said that after committing the crime, Nengasca allegedly tried to flee first to San Fernando then to Talisay City where concerned citizens were able to recognize him due to his photos circulating on social media. He said he considered the case solved following Nengasca’s arrest.

“Kaluoy sa Ginoo nahatagan gyud nato og hustisya ang biktima,” Sucalit added.

(By God’s grace, we were able to give justice to the victims.)

Police are set to file charges for murder, frustrated murder and illegal possession of firearms against Nengasca. (AYB, BBT / TPT)