Police present witness-turned-suspect in rape-slay of bank teller


A WITNESS in the murder and rape of a bank teller is now a suspect as he was presented to media on Monday, a day after his arrest.

Randy Oavenada, 37, a truck driver, was presented by the Eastern Police District (EPD) after he was arrested on Sunday inside the Timber Port Enterprises in Barangay Rosario along Ortigas Avenue.

Senior Supt. Orlando Yebra, chief of the Pasig City Police, said that Oavenada’s fingerprints matched those that were found on the cellular phone of Mabel Cama, 22, a teller for Malayan Bank in Makati City.

Yebra said that Oavenada also tested “positive” for drugs.

Pasig police reported that five aluminum foils believed to be drugs were found on the crime scene.

“We expect that he would not admit to what he did. However, the evidence points to him, so there’s nothing he can do about it,” Yebra said.

Police said Oavenada initially pointed at suspects who were close to the crime scene but began to suspect him after the results of the fingerprint and drug tests came out.

Oavenada underwent inquest proceedings at the Pasig Regional Trial Court where he was charged with rape and homicide. His drug charge was withheld pending investigation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Aside from Oavenada, Pasig police said that there were four other “persons of interest” being monitored by the authorities. They said they were still awaiting results of the fingerprinting and drug tests of these individuals.

Meanwhile, the reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects in the Cama rape-slay was increased to P300,000 from the previous P250,000.

On November 12, Cama’s body was found inside a garage in a truck company in Barangay Rosario, where she was believed to have been raped and killed. Half of her body was burned with her shirt removed and her underwear placed beside her. RJ CARBONELL



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