Published: Tuesday 05 September, 2017

Carl Angelo Arnaiz Death: Another Teen Killed by Caloocan Police Just Like Kian?

A 19-year old young man from Cainta, Rizal is the latest teen death in the hands of the Caloocan police. Carl Angelo Arnaiz was killed by two cops on August 18 along C3 Road after allegedly robbing a taxi driver and engaging in a gunfight with police officers. But, according to the family of Arnaiz, this is impossible because Carl Angelo could not have been involved in such a crime.

Carl Angelo Arnaiz

The death of Carl Angelo Arnaiz in the hands of Caloocan City police is being compared to the killing of Kian delos Santos.

According to the official version of the incident from the Caloocan City police, a taxi driver was held up near C3 Road on the night of August 18 and reported it to the authorities. On patrol, two cops saw Carl Angelo Arnaiz walking along C3 Road and confronted him. However, the teen allegedly fired at the policemen and a gun fight ensued resulting in the death of Arnaiz.

The taxi driver arrived at the scene and positively identified the teenager as the person who robbed him.

For  more than a week, Carl Angelo’s body was in morgue in Caloocan and unidentified. Meanwhile, his family in Cainta had been searching for the young man who reportedly left home with no word and had been missing since then. They finally found Carl Angelo after someone informed them of the unclaimed body at the morgue and positively identified him as their missing kin.

As to the alleged crime Arnaiz committed, his family would not believe it. For one, Car Angelo had never been involved in a crime. He was a grade school valedictorian, and was top 2 in his entrance exam at the Makati Science High School. In college, Carl Angelo was accepted at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and took up interior design but had to leave after he suffered from depression.

The Arnaiz family also doubts the police version of what happened to ‘Gelo’. For one, they said his wrists bore marks that suggest he was handcuffed. Secondly, his eyes were swollen indicating that he may have been beaten up, or tortured.

“Doon sa spot report nila nakalagay na dead on the spot ‘yung kapatid ko. Pero nakita ko ‘yung kamay niya, ‘yung right hand niya’ na may parang bakas siya ng posas. Atsaka ‘yung sa may mata niya may parang sinuntok siya or pinukpok siya ng baril. ‘Yun ‘yung mga parang ‘di talaga nakakapagpatunay na nakipaglaban sa kanila ‘yung kapatid ko,” said the victims sister, Camille.

She added that an autopsy report reportedly says the victim may have been shot kneeling down.

“Ang gusto lang namin malaman bukod sa ano ba talaga ang nangyari, kasi nakalagay sa autopsy na ‘yung tama ng bala, nakaluhod siya eh. Parang ganun. Bakit, ‘di ba? Anong ginawa ng kapatid ko?”

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Meanwhile, the PNP said Police Officer 1 Jeffrey Perez and Police Offcer 1 Ricky Arquilita, the two Caloocan police officers involved in Carl Angelo’s death, have been relieved of their duties and transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa.