QCPD releases composite sketch of one of two suspects in the killing of NCMH chief, driver

Published July 31, 2020, 1:28 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has released the composite sketch of one of two motorcycle-riding gunmen tagged in the killing of National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) chief Roland Cortez and his driver.


Police described one of the gunmen as about 5’4″ to 5’5″ tall, 30 to 40 years old, medium built, and with black eyes, “moreno” complexion and brown black hair.

The suspect, according to QCPD investigation unit chief Maj. Elmer Monsalve might have served as the “spotter,” one who looks out for the victim and spot police presence before the shooting.

In a press briefing, QCPD Director Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo said the gunman alighted from the motorcycle and “pretended to be a casual jogger” when he and another accomplice shot Cortez and his driver.

Montejo added that they already formed a group tasked to investigate the killing, gather testimonies from witnesses and evidence, such as closed circuit television (CCTV) footage.

Montejo said the police already has a “lead” after they were able to determine the plate number of the vehicle used by the gunmen.

On July 27, Cortez and his driver, Ernesto dela Cruz, died after their vehicle was peppered with bullets by motorcycle-riding assailants at the corner of Cassanova Drive and Tandang Sora Ave. around 7 a.m. Eight bullet shells and two bullet slugs were recovered from the crime scene.

A tricycle driver who witnessed the incident told police that one of the two gunmen alighted from the motorcycle and knocked on the right-side window of the victims’ vehicle before firing at them.
The gunmen then fled towards Commonwealth Ave., the police said.