ANGELES CITY -- An American tourist and his Filipino driver were charged the other day for the murder of a retired British policeman and his Filipina live-in partner inside their house in a subdivision in Bgy. Amsic here before dawn on Sept. 2.
Inspector Dickson Tolentino of the Police Station 4 filed the charges against Timothy “Tim” Kaufman and Jesus “John” Santos, both of legal age, before the Office of the City Prosecutor.
The suspects, whose last known address was Maharajah Hotel along Don Juico Avenue in Anonas Village, could no longer be located.
Kaufman and Santos were identified by security guards of Josefaville 2 Subdivision through photos obtained by the police from social networking site Facebook as the occupants of a white Toyota Innova with license plate RJX-264 that entered the subdivision and parked in front of the residence of former British policeman David Balmer, 54, and Elma de Guia, 26, around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 2.
Chief Inspector Luisito Tan said the close circuit television camera installed at the subdivision’s gate showed that the vehicle almost bumped the gate as it was hastily driven out of the subdivision after several minutes.
Investigators learned from the Land Transportation Office that the vehicle was owned by one Arceli Garcia, 36, of Sapangbato Village. When questioned by the police, Garcia said her vehicle had been rented by Kaufman from the first week of August until Sept. 4.
“He (Kaufman) called my cellphone (on Sept. 4) and asked me to just get my vehicle at the Maharajah Hotel. When I went there, I saw that my vehicle was parked in front of the hotel,” Garcia said in her sworn statement.
Garcia said she has known Kaufman for three years because she used to work as his house cleaner when he was still renting a residential unit at Rikko Homes II in Clark Freeport Zone. She said Kaufman rents her vehicle whenever he is in the country.
The security logbook of Josefaville 2 Subdivision and the CCTV footage showed that the same vehicle entered the subdivision at 1:10 a.m. on Sept. 2 and left after 30 minutes.