Police have arrested the suspect in the March 28 killing of a 22-year-old graduating coed of the De La Salle University in Dasmariñas City, Cavite.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Jean Fajardo said the suspect, identified as Angelito Erlano alias Kulet, was nabbed Saturday morning and was brought to the Dasmariñas police station for questioning.
“PNP has taken custody of suspect Erlano after the PNP launched a massive hot pursuit operation for his arrest in the gruesome crime he committed against a De La Salle student,” according to a statement by acting chief PNP public information chief Col. Redrico Maranan.
“The Dasmariñas City Police Station disclosed that a hot pursuit operation was conducted by the operatives of Dasmariñas City Police Station and Cavite Provincial Intelligence Unit which led to the identification of the suspect and the location of his house on March 29, 2023, at around 11:30 p.m., in Brgy. San Nicholas 2, Dasmarinas City, Cavite, through the backtracking of CCTV footage,” the statement read.
The school administration earlier vowed to tighten security measures after the incident, allowing increased police visibility and security marshals dormitories outside the school.
According to Col. Christopher Olazo, director of the Cavite police provincial office, the investigators recovered a black shirt with a white stripe and a blue t-shirt believed worn by the suspect when he committed the crime.
The suspect’s capture came four days after Queen Leanne Daguinsin was slain on March 28. The victim reportedly suffered 14 stab wounds.
Police believed her room was also robbed.
The suspect’s capture was made using closed circuit television clips.