Dad holds 6-year-old daughter hostage

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

BAMBAN, Tarlac - A six-year-old girl was held hostage on Friday by his own father inside an apartment they were renting.

The police said the hostage taker, identified as Christian Dela Cruz, 39, of sitio Matarulas, Barangay San Nicolas, Bamban, was allegedly depressed.

Bamban chief of police, Police Chief Inspector Eleneo Mangrobang, said they received a call from a concerned citizen around 9 a.m. Friday about the hostage-taking.


Raquel Magante, the suspect’s sister in law, told the police that Dela Cruz has already wounded himself and she feared that the suspect might also hurt her niece.

Hostage drama
TARLAC. Raquel Magante tells police the condition of Christian Dela Cruz, who held his own daughter hostage for 5 hours inside their apartment in Tarlac. (Homer Teodoro)

"Kanina kasi iyak ang iyak ang pamangkin ko, nakikiusap siya sa tatay niya na gusto niyang umihi subalit ayaw siyang bitawan. Ngayon ay biglang tumahimik ang bata kaya labis labis ang pag-aalala namin kasi may hawak siyang (Dela Cruz) kutsilyo (My niece was crying and was asking her father that she will pee but her father won’t let her go. She suddenly stopped crying so we became worried)," Magante said.

The barangay chairman of San Nicolas managed to convince Dela Cruz to come out of the house and be taken to a hospital.

Police then secured the girl and brought her to a hospital. Dela Cruz, however, came out armed with a chopping and kitchen knives.

The police tried to convince him to throw away the knives but to no avail. One operative told the suspect he will give his gun in exchange for the knives.

Hostage drama suspect
TARLAC. Christian Dela Cruz, who held his own daughter hostage for 5 hours inside their apartment in Tarlac, was seen carrying two knives. (Homer Teodoro)

But Dela Cruz did not throw away the knives and picked up the gun instead, which he pointed to his temple. He tried to shoot himself twice but the gun had no bullets.

The police found an opportunity to subdue Dela Cruz, which ended the five-hour hostage drama.

Magante said that Dela Cruz was just released from a hospital in Mariveles, Bataan last March, after being treated for depression.

She added that the reported depression of Dela Cruz started when his mother died. "He blames himself for the death of his mother. His mother was hospitalized after a heated argument. Maybe his conscience bothered him after her mother died."

"His depression attack was (also) maybe because his wife left him for about a week now," Magante said.

The eldest son of Dela Cruz, who requested not to be named, said that his father tried to drink poison before but was saved by an aunt.

A certain Dennis, who lives next door, earlier told the police that Dela Cruz approached him around 8 a.m. on Friday and asked him to shoot the suspect.

"Nagulat ako sa gusto niya. Besides wala naman akong baril. Hindi naman kami nag-uusap niyan mula ng lumipat sila noong June kaya nagulat ako ng bigla niya akong kausapin," Dennis said. (Homer Teodoro/Sun.Star Pampanga)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 10, 2014.

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