February 25, 2024

CCTV camera leads cops to rapist-killer of 8-year-old girl

By Jun Talusan

POLICE solved the rape-slaying case of an 8-year- old girl with the help of a cctv camera following the arrest of the suspect.

Quezon police director Col. Ledon Monte praised  the city police under Lt. Col. Ruben Ballera for the immediate arrest of Julius Baloaloa Rodas, 19, jobless, of  Bgy 4, Lucena City.

According to Monte, CCTV camera footages showed Rodas at around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday while walking with the victim heading to the location where the young girl was eventually found lying and dead.

He said a thorough investigation by probers has led to the suspect’s confession to the crime.

Ballera identified the victim as Joelina Terrado Escamillas, a resident of Bgy. Kalilayan Ibaba, Unisan Quezon. She was found at 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday after Rodas reported it to barangay officials.

The victim bore multiple bruises on the head and body. Her arms and neck were tied while her mouth was gagged with cloth.

Rodas told officer on case PMSg Jessalyn Nantes that he accidentally saw the body but could not explain why he was there being not a resident of that barangay.

Ballera said they eventually placed Rodas under arrest after they gathered CCTV camera footages showing the  suspect walking with the victim before she was found dead.

Rodas executed a judicial confession in the presence of  attorney Mark Zoleta admitting that he raped and killed the victim.