Greenhills mall hostage-taker faces criminal charges

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) — A fired security guard will face several criminal charges after he shot a coworker and held dozens hostage in a popular Greenhills mall, police said on Tuesday.

Frustrated murder, illegal possession of firearm, and serious illegal detention cases will be filed against Alchie Paray, who held hostage around 55 people inside V-Mall in Greenhills Shopping Complex on Monday.

"He's detained in our police station and awaiting inquest proceedings before the fiscal office this morning," San Juan Police Chief Jaime Santos told CNN Philippines.

The suspect underwent drug and paraffin test at the Eastern Police District Crime Laboratory. Paray tested negative for drugs, Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas said.

Paray — armed with a pistol and grenade — opened fire at a guard inside the mall at 11:16 a.m. Monday. He kept his hostages, mostly mall employees, inside an administration office in the mall for mpore than nine hours. The standoff ended with the hostages released following the apology and resignation of Paray's bosses.

After his surrender, the 40-year-old suspect was allowed to address the media in a press conference-like set-up outside the mall. Paray, who was not bound by handcuffs, aired his gripes for being fired by his security agency before he was tackled and arrested by authorities.

The disgruntled former guard was an employee of Safeguard Armor Security Corporation. He said he was fired after going on absence without leave for weeks. But Oscar Hernandez, the general manager of the security company that employed Paray, clarified that the hostage-taker was not fired but was only supposed to be transferred to a different assignment as part of their company's policy of rotating security guards.