Man in failed ‘abduction’ charged

The suspect in one of two reported abduction attempts in Quezon City was charged on Thursday. The police identified the accused as Michael Buenaventura.

He was accused of trying to snatch a minor on 1 September 2022 in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Buenaventura’s family claimed that he was suffering from mental depression, and that could have prompted him to take away a minor. Police foiled the attempt and arrested him.

National Capital Region Police Office chief P/Brig Gen. Jonnel Estomo cited the need for family members to support one another in prevailing over mental issues amid the challenging times.

“We need to take care not only of our physical but also our mental well-being, and that of our family, as well,” Estomo said, adding the Covid-19 pandemic has taken an emotional toll on many people.

Buenaventura was charged with attempted adduction in relation to Republic Act 7610 (Children’s Protection Law) and was taken into police custody.

An 18-year-old female student also complained to the police about an alleged attempt to abduct her on 26 August this year.

“Jen” said a man with his face covered and wearing gloves tried to grab her along Kapatiran Street, corner Calachuci Street in Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City.

In an interview by Daily Tribune, the parents of “Jen” said the incident traumatized her and has made them worry every time she had to leave the house.

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