ANGELES CITY -- A former player of the Red Bull amateur basketball team in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) was subdued by policemen while holding his own daughter hostage after a quarrel with his mother shortly before midnight Tuesday in Barangay Malabanias here.
Responding policemen under the supervision of Superintendent Felixberto Castillo, this city's police officer-in-charge, rescued the girl unhurt from the hostage-taking drama that lasted for about 45 minutes.
The team headed by Chief Inspector Rene Aspe, Angeles Police Station 4 chief, arrested the hostage taker identified as Ronald Guevarra Starling, 33.
Starling was clutching his daughter and holding a nine-inch long kitchen knife around her neck while screaming insults to the responding policemen as he told them to keep away from him.
Starling held his daughter inside their house along Don Juico Avenue in Clark View Subdivision and threatened to kill her to shoo away policemen.
He calmed down when Chief Inspector Luisito Tan, deputy station police chief, arrived and talked to him through the window, convincing him to give up.
Starling then let go of his 9-year-old daughter Krizia who was able to remove the rope that the former basketball star used to tie her hands and the tape on her mouth.
The suspect, who has reportedly developed alcoholism asked Tan to buy him several bottles of beer.
When Tan was handing the beer over to Starling, Aspe and his men found the opportunity to pull the girl to safety.
Using the backdoor of the house, Aspe and his men went into the house and rescued the girl.
Aspe said when they arrived at the scene, Starling screamed at them, threatening to kill anyone who will attempt to arrest him or rescue his hostage.
His mother, Elordita said Starling might have learned of her plan to put him again in a rehabilitation center.
She added that earlier, while his daughter was about to take a pillow, he grabbed and hogtied her then he informed his mother that he took hostage the child.
The mother quickly went out to call for help from barangay watchmen who, in turn, reported the incident to the Angeles Police Station 4.
Starling was charged with alarm and scandal.
Assistant City Prosecutor Ronald Leo Haban committed Starling to continued detention at the Angeles City District Jail. (Dante M. Fabian/Sunnex)
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