2 arrested in murder of commercial model
MANILA, Philippines – Two suspects in the murder of part-time business model and ABS-CBN television talent Julie Ann Rodelas were arrested in Pampanga on Saturday evening, Chief Superintendent Mario dela Vega of the Quezon City Police District.
Chief Inspector Rodelio Marcelo, head of the QCPD’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, said Rodelas’s friend Althea Altamirano and Fernando Quiambao Jr. were arrested after four days of home surveillance from Quiambao to Quezon City.
The two were spotted in a house in Apalit, Pampanga, and taken into custody around 6 p.m. Saturday.
Marcelo said the black Mitsubishi Montero with the TWO 505 license plate that was featured in the Rodelas murder turned out to be registered in Quiambao’s mother’s name. This was also recovered in Pampanga.
Upon his capture, Quiambao denied any involvement in Rodelas’ death, police said.
CIDU and Cubao Police Station officers located the couple’s hiding place in Pampanga by following a black Toyota Innova after it left Quiambao’s home in Quezon City.
Part-time model and hotel management student, Rodelas, 20, died on November 6 when she was shot and pushed out of a Montero on 18th Avenue in Murphy, Cubao, at 5 a.m.
Altamirano’s claim of a kidnapping took place at 12:30 a.m. near the World Trade Center on Diosdado Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.
However, police recovered from Rodelas’ possession a receipt from McDonald’s for a 2:33 am takeout purchase of two cheeseburger meals.
Quiambao was positively identified by those close to Altamirano as the one who brought Altamirano back to his home in Cavite City, using the Montero, a day after the murder.
Marcelo added that camera footage from the McDonald’s UN Avenue branch showed a man resembling Quiambao shopping for takeout at 2:33 a.m. on November 6.
In two separate cases, an acquaintance of Rodelas and Altamirano identified the man in McDonald’s video footage as Quiambao, Marcelo added.
The police official suggested that Rodelas may have known the suspects personally.
A statement from a Pasay City police officer who first responded to Rodelas’ reported kidnapping near the World Trade Center in Pasay City showed Altamirano was seen crying on the sidewalk and could only say the word “boyfriend” when questioned by the police.
Altamirano’s capture came after her interview with a TV station in which she claimed two men abducted her friend.
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