Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Man stabs mom, brother in Bacolod — police

A man believed to be suffering from mental illness attacked his mother and brother with a kitchen knife in Bacolod City, a police official said Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Leilani Garcia, head of the Bacolod City Police Station 4, told radio dzBB in an interview that the victims sustained multiple stab wounds and are now being treated at a nearby hospital.

In Manila, National Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. sent a text message to reporters quoting a report which said, "the suspect, believed to be mentally-deranged, was arrested by the police." 

An initial investigation showed that 59-year-old Yolanda Lim was preparing breakfast in their home in Barangay Villa Estafania when one of her sons — Kevin Lim, 30 — suddenly grabbed two kitchen knives and stabbed her at about 7 a.m.

Upon hearing her mother's screams, Richard, the attacker's brother who was at the second floor of the house, rushed down to the first floor and stopped his brother's rampage.

But Richard, 27, was likewise attacked by his elder brother and sustained stab wounds to his arm and bruises on his face. Their mother sustained wounds to her chest, stomach and legs.

While her two son's fought it out, Yolanda rushed to their bathroom and locked herself up. Meanwhile, Richard ran out of their house to the nearby Bethany basketball court to ask for help.

Garcia clarified that authorities are not considering the matter as a hostage-taking incident.

"At first we thought it was a hostage incident because we were not able to thoroughly interview the suspect's brother," Garcia said in Filipino.

The victims were taken to the Riverside Hospital. While Richard sufferd minor wounds, his mother had to be transferred to another hospital due to excessive loss of blood, Garcia said. — with Mark Merueñas/RSJ, GMANews.TV

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