Davantes family doubts robbery motive

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The family of slain advertising executive Kristelle “Kae” Davantes doubts if robbery was the sole motive in the gruesome killing and wants police to dig deeper into the case.

Vincent Davantes, Kae’s uncle and the spokesman of the family, said there is more to the killing besides robbery and car theft.

He said it would have been easy for the suspects just to steal Davante’s car without having to abduct her, adding that they could have easily escaped.

“If robbery is indeed the motive, why didn’t they just get the car?” Vincent said.


Davantes issued the statement after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) conducted a reenactment of the crime  on Saturday.

The reenactment started from Davantes’ abduction in front of her house in Moonwalk Village, Las Piñas City, and ended at Silang, Cavite, where her body was dumped.

“Based on the reenactment, Kae has left her car to open the gate of our house. They could have just threatened Kae, get the key, and escape,” Vincent pointed out.

Citing the narration of one of the six suspects, Samuel Decimo, Vincent said the group was prowling around the village when they spotted Davantes opening the house gate.

“The suspects’ car had gone past Kae when they decided to come back, forced Kae back to her car, and drove off,” Vincent said.

Decimo, the first suspect to be arrested, had told police they saw Davantes entering the gate past 1 a.m. of September 7 and decided to abduct her.

He said they only wanted to rob the victim but decided to take her with them when they realized they had seen their faces.

Commandeering the Davantes’ Toyota Altis car, the suspects drove off to Tagaytay City and then to Silang, where the decision to kill the young advertising executive was made.

Decimo said the group ordered him to stab Davantes.

Vincent said Decimo’s statements had loopholes. “They were claiming they were neophyte criminals, and yet they tried to burn the car, wiped off the fingerprints, and removed the car seats to remove any piece of evidence that would implicate them,” he said.

The Altis was recovered a few days later in Barangay Pamplona 3 in Las Pinas, while Davantes’ laptop and mobile phone were traced to a shop in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

Davantes, a 25-year-old senior account manager of MRM digital marketing, was last seen driving her car out of a parking lot in Bonifacio Global City past midnight of September 7 after a night out with friends.

Her body was found the following morning under a bridge in Silang. Hermouth was gagged and her hands tied with a car seatbelt.

Davantes was strangled with the cable of her computer.

RITCHIE A. HORARIO

 

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