WATCH | Suspect in road rage killing of Anthony Mendoza named, urged to surrender
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(UPDATE 4 - 10:09 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines - Authorities have identified the suspect in the road rage killing of a young man, who was supposed be married soon when the assailant shot him in the head in Quezon City last weekend.
The Quezon City Police District on Tuesday identified the alleged killer of 27-year-old motorcycle rider Anthony Mendoza as Fredrison "Son Son" Atienza, driver of the White Land Cruiser with plate no. AHA 3458.
During a press conference, QCPD Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar presented the photo and the artist's sketch of Atienza. Eleazar said authorities were able to identify the suspect through CCTVs installed near the crime area.
Atienza, who is about 45 years old, is from Karuhatan, Valenzuela City and is said to be a poker player, according to Eleazar.
The black and white photo released by the police is similar to this photo of a man wearing a colored shirt with a Hugo Boss label and appears to be playing in a casino.
Anthony's brother, Michael, who was with him during the incident, positively identified the suspect when the latter's picture was presented to him by QCPD authorities. Michael said he was "101 percent" certain that the man in the photo was his brother's killer.
The police are now on a manhunt operation against Atienza, Eleazar said.
The QCPD chief is advising Atienza to immediately surrender.
"Para sa kanya at para sa pamilya ng biktima...mabuti na humarap s'ya sa kanyang problema [For himself and for the family of the victim...it will be good for him to face his problem]," said Eleazar in a radio interview past Tuesday noon.
A 9mm pistol and .45-caliber gun were earlier licensed under Atienza's name but the permits had already expired or had been revoked, according to Eleazar.
"So di s'ya authorized maghawak ng baril...walang lisensya ang gamit n'ya [So he's not authorized to use a gun...what he used was not licensed]," the QCPD chief added.
The vehicle allegedly being driven by Fredrison when the crime took place at the corner of Quezon Avenue and D. Tuazon Street was registered under the name of his daughter identified as Hazel Joyce Atienza.
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