An unidentified male suspect reportedly tried to take an infant from the babyâ€™s grandmother inside their home in Batuan on Tuesday morning.
According to Batuan police chief Sr. Insp. Narciso Laruga, the babyâ€™s grandmother, Avelina Daquis, filed a report on the incident at the townâ€™s police station at 8 a.m. on the same day.
Daquis, a resident of Brgy. Sta. Cruz, said that at around 7:30 a.m. she heard their front door as it was slammed shut by the suspect when he entered the house.
The unidentified man reportedly tried to take the baby leading to a physical tussle between the suspect and Daquis.
Daquis told police that the suspect kicked her leg in an attempt to force her to let go of her grandchild but he was startled as she started screaming.
The suspect, apparently scared off by the victimâ€™s call for help, reportedly went out without the baby and fled on board a motorcycle.
However, Laruga expressed doubt that the incident was a kidnap attempt as he noted that it was likely a trespassing case, but he did not specify the suspectâ€™s possible motive in illegally entering the house.
Laruga said that Daquis showed no signs of physical injury after she underwent a checkup at a health center.
The Batuan police also conducted a hot pursuit but did not encounter suspicious personalities during the operation, Laruga added.
While no other persons witnessed the incident, Laruga said that they will continue to investigate the case and verify Daquisâ€™ report.
Officials in the barangay have also yet to verify Daquisâ€™ claims.
For his part, Sta. Cruz Brgy. Captain Ian Bernadez told DYRD Balita that right before the purported kidnap attempt, a resident near Daquisâ€™ house saw two unidentified men on board a motorcycle.
While tethering cattle, the man reportedly lost sight of the two men and just moments later, heard Daquisâ€™ scream for help. (Allen Doydora)