Allow me to share with you what happened to my younger sister yesterday, around 3 pm in Market Market vicinity.
She told me and my husband that she will be meeting up with her boyfriend in Market Market and so we dropped her off in Serendra so she just needs to cross to Market Market. This was around 3pm. A little past 5, I received a call from my mother telling me something happened to my sister, that she was mugged but she’s not aware of the details yet. She just got a call from an unknown number telling her that my sister is in Paranaque, in shock. I called up the number my Mom gave me and was able to talk to my sister – she was scared, crying and desperate.
My husband and I (along with my kids and in-laws) drove to Paranaque to locate her. By this time, my sister was already able to text me her exact location with the help of the staff from the spa. She mentioned the name of the spa and the address, but does not recall how she got there. We arrived to see her crying and shaking. Her story:
She was walking along the vicinity of Market Market, en route to her boyfriend’s house. This gay appeared out of nowhere and talked to her, telling her how he can make her into a model, that there is an event in World Trade Center on Saturday, about how she can earn Php14K in one go and then Php7K every week. After this – my sister doesn’t recall anymore what happened. She thinks that she was maybe hypnotized as she only remembers bits and pieces – that this gay person even stopped for a quick merienda, that she was in a cab with him (she doesn’t recall getting into one though). When she got to her wits, she was already in a spa – taking a shower. She got dressed – rushed out only to find out she already lost her entire bag. In it is an Iphone5 I got for her less than two weeks ago, my personal laptop, a watch, and some other personal items. She ran (almost got hit by a Revo) and tried to go after him – but the guard at the village said he very casually rode a cab.STORY FROM THE SPA OWNERS AND STAFF:
The gay and my sister arrived at the spa around 4:14pm. Their first impression was how are these two related? Why does the girl look “tulala” and lost. Upon arriving, this gay immediately made a scene saying he cannot find his phone in his bag. He shouted at my sister asking her if she missed getting his phone in the cab (giving the people in the spa the impression that they are really together – in fact, with the way he was shouting at my sister, they began to assume my sister is his PA). He asked my sister to ring his number so he can locate it. After this, he told the spa staff that he will have my sister body-scrubbed. He even went inside the room to “check” the facility, the shower room, etc. After this, he already instructed the spa to proceed with the service. My sister, under a spell she doesn’t know then, gladly obliged. Once in the shower, and maybe because that spell was broken when the water hit her face, she came back to her senses, got dressed and rushed back to the spa lobby.
I was able to see the guy as the spa has a CCTV camera in place so his face is very much recognizable. He is tall, dark-skinned and a bit on the heavy side. He was wearing a Tigers shirt and a pair of shorts. I asked for a copy of the footage but the Spa Owners said we should weigh our options first on whether to report this or not as they fear the guy will come back for my sister and even them. They also feel it’s bad for business. They said we are lucky he did not opt to kill my sister and dump her in some remote province.
I agree with them on this – but the part where they are asking not report this is unacceptable to me. We are still discussing within the family and weighing our options. My fear is that this incident happens again to another unsuspecting victim. The guy, by the way, left his bag in the spa, but I checked its contents and I think it’s a bag that was also stolen from another student for it contains exam sheets, quizzes, etc.
Today, my sister is still in shock, she’s at home but crying every now and then. She feels bad that she lost the phone she got for her 18thbirthday, some other stuff I gave her and my laptop. I feel bad worse as technically, I was the one robbed. The laptop contains all of the photos of my son from Day 1 and travel pictures of me and my husband. These things I can no longer duplicate nor replace. I do not know yet the next steps to take, perhaps report it when she’s ready. Or maybe this is the first step – to warn others of this modus operandi.
Let’s all be cautious for these scammers target the most unsuspecting people. Let’s protect our children, our family, our friends and ourselves. I never believed in this hypnotizing thing til this happened. God bless everyone and please pray this guy doesn’t get past this.
Please share this story to create awareness and if ever anyone see the guy in CCTV, please be alert that he may have other company within the vicinity, waiting for potential victims. Again, stay safe everyone.
So, I’ve been sharing this story with my friends and it turned out that this has been going on for quite a while except for the transportation part. One of my friends shared what happened to her older sister who was on her way to deposit the money her husband sent from abroad for their home renovation (about P75,000). While walking, a “friendly” elderly couple approached her and chatted with her as if they were long-time friends. The couple kept talking until she willingly gave all the cash to them. This happened in the morning and she only realized what happened at 4 in the afternoon. Could it be hypnosis?
One elderly friend also shared that there are cases like this in Greenbelt. They would usually approach elderly people and then ask them if they know where to find this or that. Another friend said that young kids who are left unsupervised in arcades are usually victimized by a couple who pretend to be their long-lost relative. They would tap the kid on the forehead and the child would follow them without struggling so they would all look like normal family walking around the mall.
I still find it hard to believe that hypnotism is used for these crimes. It takes training and probably supernatural power to execute such a thing and I don’t think it would only take seconds to come into effect. So when someone left a comment about scopolamine, I immediately looked into it. Apparently, it is hailed as the world’s scariest drug and after reading about it, I definitely agree. From the experiences and stories shared, I think scopolamine has made its way here in the Philippines.
Below are some facts about scopolamine that I found around the net: