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Wanted man cheats cops but not death

/ 03:11 AM May 05, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines—He tried to run away from authorities only to end up in death’s arms.

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A 50-year-old man being sought by policemen tried to escape by scaling a fire exit but fell to his death on Sunday morning.

Policemen from the Kamuning station in Quezon City were about to take in for questioning Edwin Pichay when they were startled by a loud crash coming from the fire exit on the fourth floor of the 15-story Future Point Plaza II condominium on Mother Ignacia Street in Barangay (village) South Triangle.

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When they looked for the source of the noise, they found his badly mangled body on the fire exit landing.

“It appears that Pichay climbed to the topmost floor from the fourth-floor fire exit. We are still not sure if he slipped and accidentally fell or if he jumped,” case investigator PO2 Julius Ceasar Balbuena told the Inquirer.

The case was immediately turned over to the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU).

Balbuena said the incident started at 2 a.m. on Sunday when Pichay picked up a 22-year-old woman on Quezon Avenue and took her to his unit at the condominium where they had sex.

But instead of paying her afterward, he beat her up and tried to make her use drugs.

When she refused, Pichay sent her away but she went to the Kamuning police station and filed a complaint against him.

At 6 a.m., PO2 Ludgero Camacam and Police Officers 1 Michael Formento and Julius de la Cruz were ordered to bring Pichay in.

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Accompanied by the complainant and two security guards at the condominium, the lawmen knocked on the door of Pichay’s unit but got no answer.

Several minutes after, they heard a loud crash coming from the fire exit and found Pichay’s body. They immediately reported the incident to the QCPD-CIDU.

Balbuena said that Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered a sachet of what was believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride, or “shabu,” from Pichay’s unit, adding that he may have taken some before he fell to his death.

Originally posted: 2:08 pm | Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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