BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
A 39-year-old seaman, who held his own mother hostage Friday night in Brgy. 4, Victorias City, Negros Occidental, was arrested by the police and is now facing a string of cases, including alarm and scandal, illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs, police chief Lt. Col. Eduardo Corpuz yesterday said.
The suspect, identified by the police as Andrew Grecia, is now detained at the custodial facility of the Victorias City Police Station.
Corpuz said that Grecia, a seaman who holds the rank of Chief Mate, fired his gun inside their residence and took hostage his 73-year-old mother, while under the influence of illegal drugs.
But the mother managed to escape, prompting the police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) operatives to stage an assault inside in the house and subdue the suspect.
While they have yet to establish the motive behind the incident, Corpuz said that they received reports that the suspect had been ignored by his ex-girlfriend.
Initial police investigation showed that the seaman arrived home on August 26 and was quarantined for two weeks, where he had been having anger outbursts.
The suspect was also reported not to have be eating and sleeping for the past few days prior to the hostage taking incident.
The Victorias City Police Station, augmented by the PNP Special Action Force, 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company and Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, recovered a Remington sniper rifle with 22 live ammunition and a fired cartridge, seven ammunition for a .22 caliber and 5.56mm rifle, an elongated sachet of suspected shabu and six other sachets containing shabu residue as well as paraphernalia, and a rifle bipod.*