Van in viral EDSA photo recovered

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2014 09:23 AM | Updated as of Sep 09 2014 02:09 AM

MANILA – A van believed to be used in an alleged kidnapping incident along EDSA-Ortigas last week has been recovered, police said.

The van was a Toyota Hi-Ace with conduction sticker YS 9676. A police source, who spoke to Radio dzMM on condition of anonymity, said the van was recovered in a police operation in Manila.

The police earlier said an arrest was made in relation to the alleged kidnapping, a photo of which circulated online.

The source said the arrested suspect was a policeman.

Operations are ongoing to arrest the other suspects, who are also believed to be police officials.

The kidnap victim, meanwhile, is already in a safe condition. The source said the victim, a trader, was rescued in Manila.

Investigators are also considering robbery as the motive behind the crime, as the trader was reported to be carrying money when his vehicle, a Toyota Fortuner, was intercepted along EDSA.

Details remain scarce on how the rescue was made, but the source said no ransom was paid in exchange for the victim's freedom.

Police have yet to recover the other vehicles involved in the road incident. In the photo, several vehicles are seen surrounding the Fortuner, with some armed men pointing guns at those who were on board the said sports utility vehicle.

Two witnesses earlier said the incident occurred past 2 p.m. last Monday, September 1.

One witness claimed the armed men shouted at the people inside the Fortuner to get out of the vehicle.

"Narinig ko baba baba, tatlong beses at tinutukan," the witness said.

The armed men allegedly broke the window in the back of the Fortuner. The driver then got out of the vehicle and was forced inside the back of the Honda Civic.

One of the suspects then boarded the Fortuner and drove off.

The witnesses said the whole incident lasted about three to five minutes. - report from Dennis Datu, dzMM