A SEXAGENARIAN was arrested after he allegedly tried to rape his 31-year-old neighbor in R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Saturday.

The Zamboanga Sibugay Police Office identified the arrested suspect as Tomas Castro, 66, a resident of Magsasay village, R.T. Lim municipality.

The police said that Castro was arrested in a follow up operation after a member of the Magsaysay Barangay Intelligence Network (BIN) reported to the police about the incident.

Investigation showed that the suspect, armed with a bolo, entered into the mosquito net while the victim and her son were about to sleep around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Luckily, the police said the victim was able to escape and sought the help of her neighbors.

The suspect was arrested and detained and a bolo was recovered from his possession, the police said.

Appropriate charges are being readied against the suspect, the police added.