QCPD nabs Grab car driver, cohort for robbing, killing passenger
MANILA, Philippines — Police authorities arrested recently a Grab car driver and his accomplice for allegedly robbing and killing a lady passenger in Quezon City earlier this month.
The victim, Carla Antasuda, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in Quezon City on April 2, Police Major Elmer Monsalve of Quezon City Police District Crime and Detection Unit said over Teleradyo.
Reports said Antasuda booked a ride through the ride-hailing app Grab past 11 p.m. at UP Techno Hub on April 1, to bring her home in Pasig City. She was able to book a Toyota Innova with plate number NDA-3563, driven by the suspect John Lester Alhambra.
The vehicle that arrived to pick her up, however, was a Mitsubishi Montero but with the same driver indicated on the app.
Antasuda got inside the vehicle anyway, without knowing that another person, identified as Bryan Kennet Yumol, was hiding at the back.
The suspects later declared a holdup, but the victim resisted. She was stabbed several times and her body was thrown in a vacant lot in Barangay Sauyo, Novaliches, Quezon City. The victim’s remains were found at noon the next day.
The two suspects were arrested later at night at the Sauyo Flea Market.
Monsalve said that the Grab app was secure but some people find ways to take advantage.
“Napaka-secure niyan. Kaya lang wala naman system na perfect. Nasa tao pa rin ang problema hindi sa platform. Ang problema mismo yung driver,” he said.
(The app is secure, but no system is perfect. The problem is with the people, not the platform. The problem is with the driver.)
The police official suggested the riders to share their location to their family and friends through the Grab-tracking locator for their own safety.
Alhambra and Yumol are now detained and facing charges of robbery with homicide.
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