MANILA, Philippines -- A 31-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death with a hammer late Sunday night allegedly by her jealous ex-boyfriend who even ?retrieved? electronics items, including a DVD player, he reportedly gave her before he fled in Manila.
The victim?s current live-in partner was also attacked by the hammer-wielding assailant but he was warned against putting up a fight by the suspect who reportedly told him, ?Do not move, I will shoot you. I was the one who bought these things and other people are watching movies on it (DVD player).?
Sheryl dela Cruz, of 1018-O Hermosa Street, Manuguit, in Tondo, died hours into treatment at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center from a fractured skull while her boyfriend, 47-year-old seaman Gilbert Molina, sustained bruises on the arm from fending off the attack against him.
Manila Police District (MPD) operatives have fanned out to track down the suspect, identified as Dela Cruz?s former boyfriend Antonio Atinaja Jr, who fled after the attack and after allegedly stealing several mobile phones and a DVD player from the couple?s home.
Police Officer 3 Giovanni Valera, of the MPD homicide section, revealed that the killing happened at around 11 p.m., Sunday, inside the live-in partners? house.
Valera said that minutes before the attack, Dela Cruz and Molina were inside their bedroom on the second floor of the house watching movies on the DVD player, when they heard someone knocking on the door.
Dela Cruz went downstairs to open the door. Several minutes after, Molina heard a loud thud and went out of the room to check.
The case investigator pointed out that Molina was suddenly struck with a hammer on the arm by a male intruder. Molina, although stunned, was able to fend off the repeated blows until the attacker warned him that he would be shot if he moved.
After successfully making sure that Molina would no longer be a threat, the hammer-wielding intruder proceeded to take mobile phones and the DVD player from the couple?s bedroom before fleeing.
Valera said that as soon as the suspect had left, Molina went downstairs and stumbled onto his girlfriend lying on the floor with blood oozing from a large gash on her head.
He immediately brought the badly wounded victim to the nearest hospital, where she subsequently died while undergoing treatment.
Operatives of the MPD homicide section are conducting follow-up operations to arrest the suspect in the killing.