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Famed cosmetic doctor arrested by police in Oro

CAGAYAN de Oro City–A famous cosmetic doctor was arrested in this city on Sept. 13, the police said on Tuesday.

Police identified the suspect as Dr. Joel Mendez, a resident of Metro Manila but was apprehended in a mall here.

The Philippine National Police-10 (PNP-10) said the 60-year-old doctor has a standing warrant of arrest for conviction of criminal cases of attempted rape and two counts of rape through sexual assault.

The cases are docketed under criminal case MC16-4800/4801 and 4802-FC with no bail recommended.

The arrest warrant was issed by Judge Joanne Hernandez-Lazo, of Regional Trial Court Branch 5-FC in Mandaluyong City on Feb. 4, 2020.

Police said the suspect is a resident of Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City.

The suspect is said to be the owner of the Skinology Spa and Wellness Center.

Polcie said Mendez was informed of his rights and was temporarily detained at Maharlika detention cell and thereafter to be travelled to the Regional Trial Court, National Capital Judicial Region for the return of Warrant of Arrest.

PNP-10 said Mendez was previously arrested for attempted rate and two counts of rape last July 12, 2018 in Mandaluyong City.

One of his victims was a 17-year-old girl who modeled for the Mendez Medical Group, who he allegedly molested inside his clinic in 2015.

“We will never stop until all wanted person will be arrested and put them behind bars since it is our mandate to enforce the law, ensure the safety of other people that may be possible victim if they will not be arrested and give justice to the victim,” said Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan in a statement.

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