Man who held kin hostage jumps off QC hall of justice

Posted at 01/08/14 12:29 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) – The man who stabbed his mother and held his relatives hostage in Quezon City earlier this week jumped off the Quezon City Hall of Justice on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Richard Albano, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, said 22-year-old Gerry Lo jumped off the fourth floor of the building and landed on the Quezon City Hall of Justice Multipurpose Cooperative's canteen located at the ground floor.

Albano said Lo was brought to the East Avenue Medical Center for treatment. His exact condition has yet to be determined.

Witnesses said Lo was wearing handcuffs when he jumped off the building and landed on the roof of the canteen, and then on Elvira Guerzon, a member of the city's Department of Public Order and Safety.

Guerzon was brought to East Avenue Medical Center after complaining of pain in her lower extremities.

He said Lo was supposed to attend inquest proceedings today when the incident happened. According to Assistant City Prosecutor Ramoncito Ocampo Jr., the inquest proceedings still pushed through even though Lo was already unconscious.

"We have to resolve the complaints being filed against us kasi tumatakbo ang reglementary period," Ocampo told dzMM.

Lo was arrested on Monday after he stabbed his mother and held four of his relatives hostage inside their home in Barangay Sta. Teresita for about three hours.

He was believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs when he held his relatives hostage. He is facing serious illegal detention, attempted homicide and frustrated parricide charges. – report from Johnson Manabat, dzM