Two policemen, who responded to an attempted hostage-taking incident in Purok Tangkong, Brgy. 7 in Bacolod City, were injured when they were stabbed by the alleged hostage taker at about 2:15 p.m. yesterday.
Police Officer 2 Randy Abello, Station 2 case investigator, identified those injured as Senior Inspectors Jovil Sedel and Ruel Culanag, both of the Bacolod City Police Office.
Abello said Sedel, who is the Station 2 commander and Culanag, the deputy chief of the Special Operations Group, and other policemen, had responded to a call from Ana Mae Llave who said her 9-year-old son, whose name was not disclosed, was grabbed on the neck by the suspect Roberto Arac, 39, a carpenter.
Llave said in a television interview that Arac had attempted, but failed to bring her son inside his house because she pulled him back.
Investigation showed that at about 6 a.m. Arac burned his clothes and attempted to also burn his house but Bureau of Fire and Protection men who went to the area prevented the fire.
The suspect hid on the second floor of their house, and threatened to kill anyone who tried to go up and force him to go down, the police said.
It took more than six hours for Arac’s friends, family, and the police to negotiate and convince him to go down. At about 2:15 p.m., when he decided to have a dialog with the police and their barangay captain, Sedel and Culanag pulled Arac’s feet but he stabbed them several times, Abello said.
Sedel and Culanag sustained incised stab wounds on their right arms, and were brought to the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, Abello said.
The policemen fired a gun to neutralize Arac, who was hit on his leg and was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Abello added that two bladed weapons were recovered at the crime scene and charges for direct assault upon an agent in authority and physical injury are expected to be filed against Arac before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office soon.*SGG