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Road rage suspect a fugitive in Albay

By JEFFREY G. DAMICOG

Manila, Philippines – An arrested road rage suspect who killed a 17-year-old girl in Quezon City is a wanted homicide convict in Albay province where he shot and killed a man with an arrow.

Chief Inspector Rodelio Marcelo, chief of the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU), said that Jason Bagalacsa, 28, is a fugitive who was convicted by a court in Tabaco City, Albay, for homicide and frustrated homicide.

In an 18-page decision, Judge Arnulfo Cabredo of Tabaco City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17 found Bagalacsa “guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of homicide” for the death of Ernesto Bracino and of the offense of physical injury for wounding Vicente Benitez Jr. Court records show that on the evening of January 7, 2007 in Barangay San Jose, Malilipot, Albay, Bacalacsa shot and killed Bracino with an arrow which also hit Benitez in the neck.

Last Monday morning, Bagalacsa was nabbed after shooting Rochelle Tabuzo, 17, following a traffic altercation with a tricycle driver in Quezon City. Tabuzo who sustained a bullet wound in the back died Thursday afternoon at the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH).

Immediately after his arrest, Bagalacsa was positively identified by a witness as the same person who shot and wounded SPO3 Renato Corado, 51, on the night of October 20 along Pugong Ginto Street in Barangay Sta. Monica, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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