Police arrest Angeles City massacre suspect

Posted at 07/27/2010 5:10 PM | Updated as of 07/28/2010 9:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Police have arrested the suspect in the gruesome massacre of 5 people in Angeles City last July 22.

Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, Philippine National Police spokesman, said suspect Mark Dizon was arrested by a police team in La Union province around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Cruz said the arrest was made in front of the San Fernando Plaza at the corner of Batagan and Quezon avenues.

Dizon is the suspect in the killing of American war veteran Albert Mitchell, his Filipina wife, Janet and 3 household helpers.

The bodies of the 5 victims were discovered inside their home along Manuela Street, Hensonville Court, Barangay Malabanias in Angeles City on July 22.

Police believe that Dizon was also involved in the double murder Australian national Geoffrey Allan Bennun, 60, who holds a Canadian passport, and his girlfriend Abegail Helina at the Oasis Hotel in Barangay Balibago last July 9.

Investigators also suspect that Dizon was responsible in the killing of British national James Bolton Porter and his live-in partner Melissa Madarang inside their rented apartment in Sta. Maria Subdivision, Barangay Balibago last July 20, just 2 days before the Hensonville Court massacre.

Before the arrest, the business community in Angeles City put up a P100,000 reward for the arrest of the suspect.

A complaint for robbery with multiple homicide has been filed against the suspect. – Reports from Noel Alamar, radio dzMM and Gracie Rutao, ABS-CBN Pampanga