Police hunt criminals in poison attempt of cop’s kin

CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad – Police are now on the hunt for a trio of men who tried to poison a relative of an officer near the region’s police headquarters.

Initial police investigation showed that the victim, Jones Faba-an Kalagui, 21, a native of Bontoc, Mountain Province just came from the province to visit his uncle, P/Sr Insp Vicente Tamid-ay at Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet.

At about 10:30 in the evening of November 18, records show that Kalagui met three still unidentified men, one of whom asked if he knew Tamid-ay.

The victim immediately answered yes and to ease him, the trio said they were agents of Tamid-ay and asked to be accompanied to the house of the police officer.

Upon reaching the gate to the house of Tamid-ay, two of the men suddenly grabbed both arms of the victim while the other forcibly opened his mouth and pour a liquid into it which caused Kalagui to vomit and lose his consciousness.

At around 2:30 in the morning of November 19, the victim awoke and immediately knocked on the door of his uncle who rushed the victim to the Benguet General Hospital for treatment.

It was only a few moments after giving aid to Kalagui did Tamid-ay notice a piece of paper in his front porch which contained a warning against him and members of his family which forced him to seek the assistance of the Regional Public Safety Battalion at Camp Dangwa.

Also recovered at the scene of the crime was a small plastic cylinder containing marijuana seedlings and powdered leaves which were brought to the crime laboratory for further processing and analysis.

The case is now under investigation and probers suspect that the frustrated murder could be related to a drug case Tamid-ay is investigating./PNA


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