The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of difficulties worldwide. Aside from health reasons, financial and political instability is probably another impactful obstacle that the global health crisis has affected us throughout its existence. This led to increased crime rates, especially theft, robbery, online scams, and other related offenses.
In the Philippines, one would expect that the percentage of traditional crimes such as robbery, homicide, and murder would decrease due to government-imposed lockdowns. However, that has not been the case since the pandemic. Several gruesome crimes happened, particularlythe Merciless Murder of Fabel Pineda, the Gregorio Double-Murder case, the Killing of Winston Ragos, and several others.
Little did we know, another gruesome crime happened on August 3, 2020, which involved an 82-year-old Japanese woman that was robbed and killed by two perpetrators in her residence in Millwood Subdivision, Cabuyao City, Laguna.
The victim was Reiko Maezawa, a native of Chiba Prefecture, an area located in East Tokyo, Japan. She was a widower that has been living in the Philippines for the past fifteen years.
According to reports, there were two suspects, 20-year-old construction worker Renante Camos Gaynilo and an unnamed 16-year-old boy that invaded Reiko's residence through the ceiling and proceeded to rob and kill her.
On the morning of August 3, authorities found the victim's lifeless body on the floor. Her limbs were bound with a cloth, and her mouth was gagged with a towel.
The burglars also stole 41,000 pesos cash, cellphone, and jewelry, which led the authorities to believe that the 82-year-old woman was a victim of robbery and murder.
On February 19, 2021, in a six-month investigation, the police identified both suspects and charged them for the crime they committed against Reiko Maezawa.
Due to lack of media coverage, there are no further updates from this case. Although, it would be necessary to point out that the gruesome nature of this crime should never happen, especially to an 82-year-old woman living alone peacefully without harming anyone.
Shame on those two young suspects that committed this crime.
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