THE robbery and stabbing to death of a female employee of a pizza company that occurred at 2:20 p.m. in Barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, was solved in less than an hour.
The victim was identified as Zenny Dondoyano Bazarte, 40, a native of Cansabusab, Poro town, Camotes Island, but temporarily resided in Don Gil Garcia St., Barangay Capitol Site in Cebu City.
She was allegedly fatally stabbed by Kino Bacarro Aying, a 25-year-old delivery rider from Barangay Talima, Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City, who was formerly her coworker.
Bazarte was rushed to the nearest hospital and died from several stab wounds in the body, while Aying fled.
According to Capt. Mark Don Alfred Leanza, chief of the Abellana Police Station, the suspect was apprehended in Sitio Sadpa, Barangay Sambag 2 in Cebu City.
Leanza said that as soon as they got a call regarding the event from the victim’s fellow employee at Alberto’s Pizza, they started a hot pursuit operation.
Leanza claimed that Aying’s long chin and big eyes, as described by the witnesses, made it simple to identify him.
“Paspas namo’ng nadakpan kay na-interview man dayon namo ang mga witness didto. Dali ra ang pag-describe ba kay ingun sila dakog mata unya taas ang baba tapos naglakaw ra,” Leanza said.
(We were able to apprehend him swiftly because we immediately spoke with the witnesses. Identifying him was easy, as they described him as having large eyes, and a long chin, and he was merely walking at the time.)
The police recovered the stolen money amounting to P197,050, along with the knife used in the crime, from the suspect.
Following an inquiry at the Abellana Police Station 2, it was discovered that the victim was in charge of her coworkers’ funds who had joined a paluwagan, an informal savings and lending program of a group.
The money was supposed to be distributed among the members of the group before December 24 so they could use it for their Christmas celebration.
Leanza lauded the five police officers working under his direction for apprehending the suspect quickly.