ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – Six gunmen seized a businesswoman late Wednesday in this city, the police reported.
Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, Police Regional Offie-9 information officer, identified the victim as Sabrina Ikbala Voon, 28, a dealer of cosmetic products.
Huesca said Voon was seized 8:56 p.m. Wednesday at Calle Pohoc in Barangay Mercedes.
Huesca said the kidnappers managed to gain entry into Voon’s compound when her mother, Isabel, opened the gate as one of the gunmen knocked.
One of the gunmen pistol-whipped Isabel when she fought back as they tried to grab her nine-year-old grandson.
The gunmen seized Voon and forced her to board a white van when she came to the aid of her son and mother.
Huesca said Police Station 4 personnel led by Senior Insp. Helen Galvez pursued but lost track of the kidnappers.
Huesca said the getaway vehicle with plate number GPH-851 was recovered by the pursuing policemen in Sitio Gapuh, Barangay Talabaan.
The kidnappers were believed to have fled using a motorized banca since the getaway vehicle was recovered near the shore of Talabaan.
Further investigation showed that the getaway vehicle turned out to have been rented from a local rent-a-car firm.
The vehicle owner, Ignacio Curambao, said his van was rented by a certain Ryan Cuevas Santos, 24, of Tumaga village, this city.
Huesca said they have launched a rescue operation in coordination with the military. (MindaNews)