- The red Hyundai Eon car of road rage shooting suspect was found in Nueva Vizcaya
- The suspect Army reservist Vhon Tanto left his car at the house of his brother-in-law
- The suspect’s brother-in-law is considered as a “person of interest”
The car of Army reservist Vhon Tanto who shot dead cyclist Mark Vincent Garalde in Quiapo, Manila was found abandoned in Nueva Vizcaya.
The red Hyundai Eon without plate number bearing conduction sticker MO-3745 was recovered in the municipality of Aritao, according to Radyo Inquirer.
Senior Superintendent Mar Abugan, director of Nueva Vizcaya Police, said the vehicle is now under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He said personnel from the PNP Highway Patrol Group-National Capital region are on site to inspect the car before it will be turned over to the national police headquarters.
The recovery of the suspect’s car followed a tip on Wednesday evening, July 27, that Tanto was spotted near the boundary of Nueva Vizcaya along Dalton Pass.
“May nag-tip daw kagabi na ‘yung suspek na-sight sa boundary ng Nueva Vizcaya sa may Dalton Pass. Sinabi sa mga pulis dito at vinerify ng pulis at napatunayan na totoo nga, positive,” Nueva Vizcaya police provincial director Senior Superintendent Mar Abugan said.
[A tip was received that the suspect was sighted at the boundary of Nueva Vizcaya along Dalton Pass. The tip was verified and it was positive]
ABS-CBN said the suspect left his car at the house of his brother-in-law identified as 39-year-old Jonathan Leano.
Leano said he took Tanto to a bus stop where the suspect boarded a Florida bus going to Cubao via SCTEX.
Leano, according to Senior Superintendent Abugan, is considered as a “person of interest” and will also be brought to Camp Crame for further questioning.
“Baka sakaling makapag-reveal siya ng information [He might reveal more information],” Abugan said.