3 teenage boys attack ADB consultant in Ortigas

The ADB incident was the third robbery incident of the week in the Ortigas area

MANILA, Philippines – Three teenage boys attacked an IT consultant based in Asian Development Bank (ADB) just outside bank headquarters on Saturday, January 26. 

Roopak Ramachandran Nair, an Indian citizen, said 3 teenage boys aged about 15 to 18, snatched a 24-carat gold chain necklace that his mother gave him when he was still a teenager. 

MOTHER'S GIFT. Photo of the necklace snatched from Roopak Ramachandran-Nair.

He reported the incident to the ADB incident coordinator, who told him it was the 3rd recorded robbery incident of the week in the area.

Ramachandran-Nair told Rappler that as he turned the corner from Guadix Drive on his way to the Ortigas MRT station, he felt the chain cut from behind his neck.

“Holding my necklace, I turned around and was prepared to fight. They were surprised. They took out their knives, but I was able to punch one in the face,” Ramachandran-Nair said. “They were trying to stab me in the face with what seemed like small knives with black handles. Two of them had knives.”

Ramachandran-Nair hurried to a nearby police station to report the incident but the boys tried to prevent him from reaching the station. They pushed him over a bench near the MRT station and threatened to stab him. 

“That was when I decided that it was best to let go of the chain,” Ramachandran-Nair said. He said the 3 teens proceeded towards the direction of Robinsons Galleria.

He was assisted by a certain PO1 Bataan of the MRT Ortigas Police Station, who took his incident report and accompanied him back to Guadix Drive.

He also received first aid for a defense wound on his right hand from the station medic. – Rappler.com

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