Suspect in Pinoy security guard’s death pleads not guilty

Jon Caña, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jul 11 2018 07:45 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO, California - The man accused of shooting to death a Filipino-American security guard pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Authorities in San Francisco arrested 24-year-old Cardell Mason Coleman in connection to the murder of 61-year old Fil-Am Rolando Romero.

Romero, a resident of Hayward, California, was working the night shift as part of a private security team guarding the Alice Griffith Housing Development in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood when he was shot last July 2.

Family members said he was Facetiming with his wife in the Philippines when he felt what he thought was a gunshot and called 911.

Authorities found him suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police utilized surveillance technology from the crime scene to identify the suspect who is now being held in San Francisco County Jail without bail.

While there is no known motivation as of posting, Coleman’s father told the media that his son was not in the right state of mind during the incident. 

Coleman is expected to return to court on July 24.

In a phone conversation, Romero’s sister, Evangeline Romero Cruz told Balitang America that she is seeking justice for her brother. Cruz quickly flew over to California from Connecticut to make arrangements for her slain brother.

Fundraising efforts are now underway to repatriate Romero’s body. The San Francisco Police Officers Association also donated a thousand dollars to Romero’s GoFundMe campaign.

A viewing for Romero has been set on Friday and Saturday in Santa Clara, California before his remains are brought back to his wife, 2 children, and grandchild in the Philippines.