Woman gets stabbed on Central Avenue overpass with no officials in sight

May 14, 2019 - 9:44 AM
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Central Avenue in Quezon City
Motorists plying Central Avenue in Quezon City. (Philippine Commercial Properties/Released)

A commuter narrated how he and his companion encountered a bloodied woman from an overpass in Central Avenue at Quezon City after she was stabbed in an extremely dark area.

Facebook user John Lyndon shared that he and his companion were supposed to wait for a jeepney when the woman ran down the overpass with her hands by her side and cried for help.

The incident happened around 1:00 a.m. to 1:15 a.m., Lyndon said in an online interview with Interaksyon.

He and his companion approached the woman and attempted to calm her down while they asked for help in the nearby barangay outpost.

However, it was empty so they approached Gate 1 near Iglesia ni Cristo instead and attended to the woman’s wounds.

April Legaria, the victim, claimed that the criminal stabbed her four times with an ice pick in the overpass from the side of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

He was reportedly thin and young in appearance.

Legaria’s aunt also warned the public to be wary of the area as it is extremely dim and thus, might be filled with ill-intentioned individuals.

“At para uli sa mga kalugar ko. Taga looban. Taga Sitio. Taga Sagana. Taga FF Extansion. Taga New Era. At lahat ng taong dumadaan doon. Please guys, alerto tayo and ‘wag mag-isa lang,” Leii Sano wrote on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Lyndon lamented the lack of barangay officials in the outpost where they initially bought the victim and how the particular area in Central Avenue lacks sufficient lighting.

City of crime 

Last year, the Philippine National Police revealed that Quezon City has the most number of crime and the least number of cases solved.

The data, collected by PNP from January to April 2018, noted that the city had 12,253 crime-related incidents, followed by Manila with 7,066 incidents and Cebu with 3,703 incidents.

According to police officials, Quezon City may have topped the list since a place’s population directly affects the crime volume.

“Given naman ‘yun na kapag maraming population sa isang area, mas marami ang possibility na magkaroon ng maraming krimen,” PNP Crime Research and Analysis Center head Superintendent Noel Sandoval said in an interview.

“‘Yun namang kriminal natin, doon siya gagawa ng maraming crime doon sa alam niyang marami siyang mabibiktima,” he added.

Sandoval also shared that the crime rate depends on the frequency of people filing complaints in police stations.

“Kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” he said.