Latest Stories

‘Cable guy’ jailed for stabbing, robbing client


Behind his kindly offer of assistance lurked a sinister motive.

Five days after he robbed, stabbed and left for dead one of his customers inside her house, a cable repairman in Muntinlupa City finally gave himself up to authorities on Monday night.

Rommel Mendoza, 38, a maintenance man from Erat Tech, a third party service provider for SkyCable, now faces charges of robbery and frustrated homicide for the attack on Shiela Marie Sollano.

On March 13, the 34-year-old Sollano texted Mendoza and asked him to fix the cable connection in her apartment at the De Castro Compound in Barangay (village) Alabang which he and two other men installed on February 2.

The police said that after installing the cable connection, Mendoza gave the victim his cell phone number and asked her to call him whenever there was a technical problem as he lived just nearby.

When he showed up at the victim’s house at 9 p.m. on March 13, his offer of assistance turned into something else.

“He meant to rob her and even attempted to rape her. He struck her with a glass table, then used the shards to stab her repeatedly,” Muntinlupa police chief Senior Supt. Roque de la Vega, said, quoting the victim’s complaint.

A police report said the victim lost consciousness during the attack. Mendoza then tied her up using cable wires and took off with her laptop computer and around P2,500 in cash.

Sollano, however, survived and was taken for treatment to a nearby hospital where she was said to be in stable condition.

She later positively identified Mendoza as her assailant after investigators showed her pictures of the three cable workers who went to her home last month.

As for Mendoza, he was left with no choice but to give himself up after the police posted lookouts at all his known residences, even in Nueva Ecija.

“After hearing about what he did, even his own family rejected him,” De la Vega said.

Mendoza admitted to the robbery, saying he sold the laptop computer for P2,000 although he denied that he tried to rape the victim.

According to him, he went to her house and thinking that nobody was home, started to ransack it. He said he panicked when the victim appeared, prompting him to attack her.

De la Vega noted that this was not the first time Mendoza had been accused of assaulting a woman. There is a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a traffic altercation in 2010 where a 17-year-old girl claimed he hit her, he said.

Mendoza is now detained at the Muntinlupa police station for the child abuse case and the attack on Sollano.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , Metro , Police , robbery , Rommel Mendoza

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • 4.6-magnitude quake hits Surigao del Norte
  • Camilla’s brother dies of NYC head injury
  • Nepal officials go to Everest to try to end crisis
  • Escudero ready to defend self should name appear in Napoles’ list
  • Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute
  • Sports

  • Promoters Dela Hoya, Arum in talks for Pacquiao-Alvarez—report
  • Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern
  • Suns’ Goran Dragic win NBA’s Most Improved Player award
  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
  • Ronaldo shakes off injury fears to play Bayern
  • Lifestyle

  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Entertainment

  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • Business

  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Marketplace