By Bryan Ezra Gonzales
Police have identified the suspect who stabbed Sampaguita dorm guard Marlyn Sudario while she was on duty last June 27.
According to the investigation, Sudario was approached by Pedrito Ravelo, a construction worker assigned at the Sampaguita dormitory renovation, around 4:00 a.m. Thursday.
The police report concluded that it was a case of attempted rape, but the lady guard fought back.
The suspect used a stainless steel knife to stab Sudario in the face, head and neck before leaving the campus premises, police said. A lady guard on duty from the nearby Institute of Biology reported the incident to the UP Diliman Police (UPDP).
Witnesses said that Ravelo was under the influence of alcohol during the attack.
The UPDP coordinated with Station 9 of the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD) and deployed a follow-up unit to capture Ravelo in his hometown in San Rafael, Bulacan the following day.
Ravelo remains at large as of posting time. Authorities are still looking into the possible involvement of other assailants in the attack.
Chief Security Officer Prof. Edgardo Dagdag expressed difficulty in pursuing the suspect, as Ravelo is now beyond the UPDP’s jurisdiction.
Despite the stabbing incident, Dagdag however claimed that UP is “very safe and peaceful,” and assured that campus security will be improved.
UPDP recently acquired a new patrol car from the QCPD. Prior to the addition, UPDP only had one active patrol car, Dagdag said.
The QCPD also donated 10 police bicycles to UPDP last year to help increase police mobility, he added.
UPDP currently deploys 37 policemen in three shifts around the campus. Dagdag explained that although only eight to 12 cops are deployed per shift, the UPDP is able to respond to petty crimes.
The Sampaguita stabbing incident and the assault on a school bus that occurred last Thursday were classified as “isolated cases,” Dagdag said, and that such crimes are usually coordinated with the QCPD and external police departments.
Despite these incidents, Dagdag claimed that UP Diliman remains to be “relatively safe.”
The UPDP is also considering the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor critical areas around campus, according to Dagdag.
“UP will be better protected,” Dagdag said.