By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
A man believed to be under the influence of illegal drugs took his uncle hostage in a public market in Quezon City early Friday.
Authorities from the Quezon City Police District Station 2 identified the man as 27-year-old Juren Capala, while the victim was Jerry Pisngot, 55, his uncle according to their immediate relatives.
PS-2 operatives received reports about a hostage taking situation in Muñoz Market on Roosevelt Avenue around 5 a.m.
Upon responding to the scene, they saw Capala pointing a knife at Pisngot.
After two hours of hostage taking and short negotiations made by PS-2 commander PSupt. Igmedio Bernaldez, the responding officers subdued the suspects and saved the victim.
Bernaldez said Capala sought help from his uncle because of threats to his life but Pisngot did not believe him resulting in the hostage taking.
Capala also admitted that he used illegal drugs prior to the incident, Bernaldez added.
Pisngot was brought to the Quezon City General Hospital after sustaining minor stab wounds while Capala is now under the custody of PS-2 facing charges of alarm and scandal, and frustrated murder.