A man who was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing the luggage of two Korean students in the Clark International Airport in Pampanga had an odd reason for committing the crime.
He claims he did it because, apparently, he doesn’t like Koreans very much.
According to ABS-CBN News, the suspect Julio Cesar Sanchez, 35 years old, is an American and Colombian national.
The incident happened on Monday, Christmas Eve, and was caught by an airport CCTV camera.
A statement from the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) says that Sanchez admitted to taking the luggage because he “disliked Koreans,” The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
CIAC President Jaime Alberto Melo told Sun Star that their footage shows Sanchez picking up two pieces of black luggage from the baggage carousel. Another CCTV camera also captured the plate number of the vehicle the suspect rode before leaving the airport.
Authorities arrested Sanchez in the Royal Apartelle hotel in Angeles City, Pampanga, the same report states.
They recovered the luggage but according to ABS-CBN News, the only things left inside were facial wash and lotion. According to the Angeles City Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Sanchez claimed that he gave away everything else to street children.
The suspect also said that he’s willing to pay for what’s missing from the luggage.
Authorities found out about the incident after the victims reported their lost luggage to their airline.
According to Sun Star, victims Jo Seungcheol, 28 years old, and Cha Gunmin, 14 years old, are students at the SMEAG Global School in the nearby province of Tarlac.
They flew to Clark on a JinAir flight from Incheon, South Korea, according to Inquirer. The suspect, on the other hand, rode an Asiana Airlines plane, also from Incheon, Sun Star reported.
Inquirer reported that Sanchez is now detained at the CIDG office in Angeles City.