Police BGen Rolando B. Anduyan, Regional Director of PNP-10 has announced the successful arrest of known celebrity cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joel C. Mendez inside a mall in Cagayan de Oro City last Sunday, September 13, 2020 by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for his conviction of criminal cases of attempted rape and 2 counts of rape through sexual assault. The 60-year old Mendez owns Skinology Spa and Wellness Center.
In a press release, PBGen Anduyan said that Mendez was arrested at around 2:00pm inside Robinson’s Mall in Cagayan de Oro City by a joint team by personnel of Regional Special Operation Unit 10 and Regional Intelligence Unit 10. Accordingly, the said Warrant of Arrest was issued last February 4, 2020 by Hon. Joanne G. Hernandez-Lazo, Presiding Judge, RTC-National Capital Judicial Region, Branch 5-FC, Mandaluyong City.
Mendez is a resident of No. 3 Pugo St. Villilia Village, Brgy Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City. He is temporarily detained at the Maharlika detention cell and will be transported back to Manila.
Prior to his arrest last Sunday, Mendez was out on bail for his temporary liberty for molesting a 17-year old girl and a Model of the Mendez Medical Group inside his clinic in 2015.
Among Mendez’ celebrity clients before were Pauleen Luna, Janice de Belen, Melanie Marquez, Ara Mina and Claudine Barretto.