By Martin Sadongdong
Police have arrested a man who is a suspect in the raping and killing of a woman and her two year-old son in Laguna province in 2016, a police director disclosed Wednesday.
Bryan Infante Avistado was arrested in the nearby province of Cavite last Monday by virtue of a warrant of arrest for two counts of murder and one count of rape, said Chief Superintendent Edward Carranza, regional director of the Calabarzon police regional office (PRO-4A).
Avistado was tagged as one of the two suspects who allegedly killed and raped Pearl Helene Bon Santa Ana, 29, and her son Denzel, on March 2, 2016. The crime happened inside the victims’ house in Barangay Labas, Santa Rosa, Laguna.
According to Carranza, police served the warrant of arrest against Avistado in Barangay San Gabriel, GMA, Cavite after receiving intelligence information of his whereabout.
The Santa Ana mother-and-son’s case became sensational in the region after the surrender of one of the suspects, Ramoncito Gallo, on March 18, 2016.
Gallo claimed that it was actually the husband of the victim, Ricardo alias Richard, who is the alleged mastermind in the killing. He claimed they were hired to carry out the plan since the husband was jealous when he learned the rumors that his wife had a continuing secret affair with his ex-boyfriend.
Carranza said that when Avistado was interrogated by the police, he also had the same story while adding they were paid P60,000 to execute the revenge plot.
“Avistado’s revelation supplements the earlier confession of the first suspect, Ramoncito Gallo,” Carranza said.
“As of the time, the whereabouts of Ricardo Santa Ana is not known or could not be located,” he added.
According to Carranza, the arrest of Avistado came with the order of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde to conduct a back tracking of sensational cases that have not been resolved.
He said a follow up operation has been conducted to determine the whereabout of the victims’ patriarch and investigate whether he really is the mastermind, or not, of the killing.
“We will not stop until all the responsible persons behind this gruesome crime will be put behind bars and justice be served,” Carranza said.