Police arrest suspect in Judge Estacio’s gunslay PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:11

Police on Sunday said they have arrested a man who shot and killed Regional Trial Court Branch 4 Judge Reynerio Estacio.

Mohamad Alkhalidz Amisali y Paradji, a resident of Sunrise Drive, Talon-Talon, was arrested in that barangay Sunday afternoon.

During a press briefing at City Hall with Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar, acting City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro said that Amisali was arrested by men of the Tetuan Police Station along with two companions for possession of prohibited drugs around 3:30 p.m.

During interrogation, three witnesses appeared and pointed to Amisali as the gunman who shot and killed Judge Estacio last February 28 around 8 a.m., a few meters from his residence in Narra Drive, Tugbungan.

Police said that Amisali is also one of the suspects in the grenade attack on the Nissan Navarra pickup truck of a prominent businesswoman at the intersection of Canelar and Gov. Camins around 6 p.m. on October 10, 2012, that injured Rudy Bejerano, 20, a PUJ conductor and Diether Carpio, 12. The target of the attack escaped unscathed.

Among several suspects in that grenade attack,  Amisali and two others were temporarily released by the court.

The case of the Oct.10, 2012 grenade attack was being litigated by the late Judge Estacio.

The arraignment of the case was scheduled last February 27, but it was postponed to February 28. However while Estacio was on his way to the court with his wife Teresita aboard their Honda CRV, one of two gunmen riding tandem on a motorcycle opened fire on them few meters away from their residence in Narra Drive, Tugbungan.

Estacio sustained multiple bullet wounds in the body and died while undergoing treatment while his wife escaped unhurt.

Police said the case still being investigated to determine who was with Amisali in the actual gun attack and who is the mastermind in the judge’s killing.

Mayor Beng Climaco lauded the efforts of the local police which resulted in the breakthrough in the Estacio case, and most recently, the resolution of an abduction incident in one of the malls in the city.

“They [ZCPO] have been besieged for a couple of days with a lot of criticism, and today, thank God, a breakthrough has been done,” said Climaco.

“We will support the PNP, and the Task Force, and our barangays all the way,” she added.

The mayor also reiterated her appeal for support from residents and the local communities to help in the fight against criminalities. — Dan Toribio Jr. with report from Jasmine Mohammadsali