Iloilo police launch manhunt for suspect in rape of minor

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2017 03:15 AM

ILOILO — A 7-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man who snatched her from her house in Tigbauan municipality here on Friday night.

Neneng (not her real name) was allegedly attacked by Noel Salarda, alias “Dagol,” 31, who is at large as of posting time.

The victim’s mother said she and her daughter were asleep when the suspect entered their room unnoticed and immediately took the victim out of their house.

The victim’s mother said she was awoken when she heard her daughter crying. She tried to chase the suspect but failed to locate him.

The girl was found crying and without clothes beside a riverbank at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police recovered a slipper, shirt, and brief believed to be owned by the suspect as well as the victim's underwear.

Neneng, who was brought by her mother to the police, positively identified the suspect based on the picture shown by the Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

PO3 Cristine Banas said a number of residents reported seeing the suspect a few hours after the incident happened.

Police are still looking for the suspect who will be charged with rape.