Accomplice still at large
MANILA - Police have arrested the driver of a colorum UV Express shuttle who allegedly raped two women inside his van in Quezon City last week.
The victims, ages 22 and 27, boarded the van in Quezon Avenue-EDSA last Friday night.
The driver and his accomplice allegedly declared a hold-up when they reached Batasan Hills, tied up the victims and took away their valuables.
The two men allegedly raped the victims alternately while driving around in Caloocan and Bulacan.
The suspects dumped the women, still bound up, in Sauyo Road in Quezon City Saturday morning.
Police identified the van driver, Wilfredo Lorenzo, through CCTV footage of his van in Caloocan and Sauyo Road.
Authorities arrested Lorenzo while he was picking up passengers in Commonwealth Avenue on Monday.
A plastic sachet of suspected shabu was recovered from his van. The suspect also tested positive for using drugs.
Lorenzo's victims positively identified him at Camp Caringal on Wednesday.
Enraged, the two women and their family mobbed the suspect and had to be restrained by policemen.
The victims also appealed to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill his promise of reinstating the death penalty for perpetrators of heinous crimes.
"President, kailangan namin ng tulong niyo. Wala nang dapat mabuhay na ganyan, maraming mabibiktima. Kaya kong manindigan, patayin niyo lang siya," wailed one victim.
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Meanwhile, Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) chief Insp. Rodel Marcelo said police have release a cartographic sketch of Lorenzo's accomplice, identified only as alias "Buddy".
Marcelo believes that the suspects may be behind other similar cases in the adjoining Makati City and Rizal province.
"We understand na sa ibang lugar din, sa Rizal, sa Makati, ganitong modus operandi rin yung ini-employ. May mga kaso tayo na unsolved na nanininiwala ako na ito yung may mga kagagagawan," he said.
Lorenzo has been charged with rape, robbery and illegal possession of drugs. -- Report from Dennis Datu, radio dzMM
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