MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – At least three people were wounded in a hostage-taking incident in Quezon City on Monday morning.
The suspect, 22-year-old "Gerry", armed with a knife, held hostage an 8-month-old girl and three others inside a house along Halcon Street in Barangay Sta. Teresita.
The hostage-taking incident started at around 6:30 a.m. and ended after about 3 hours when authorities managed to enter the house and disarm the suspect.
Gerry's mother, 48-year-old Luzviminda Lo, was brought to the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center after her son stabbed her in the chest.
Another hostage victim, a male, also sustained a stab wound and had to endure being trapped inside the house for three hours.
The 8-month-old girl, an adopted child of the suspect's sibling, sustained scratches but is in good condition, according to Chief Inspector Joseph De Vera, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 1 deputy commander.
De Vera said Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) personnel swooped into the house and disarmed Gerry as the negotiators attempted to hand over a cellphone to the suspect to let him talk to his father.
Authorities have yet to determine what exactly triggered the incident, but witnesses said the suspect, who is not a resident of the area, was drunk and has been causing a scene since yesterday.
The suspect initially demanded to talk to a woman named "Jack," according to a barangay official privy to the ongoing negotiations. It was not clear, however, whether the demand was met. – reports from Dindo Amparo, Jerome Lantin and Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News; and Jon Ibañez, dzMM