Police quiz owner of getaway van


POLICE have now in their custody the owner of the L300 van used by gunmen as their get away vehicle when they kidnapped the owner of a pizzeria in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte last week, police said on Monday.

Reports reaching the PNP National Operation Center in Camp Crame on Monday identified the owner as Amante Sagario, 49, a resident of Suncstoft Apartment Tugas in Balangasan Pagadian City

He was identified in follow-up investigation as the owner of the Mitsubishi L300 Van used to kidnap Rolando Del Torchio from Ur Choice Bistro that he owns in Dipolog City on October 7.

The police said that Sagario was turned over last Friday by elements of the Provincial Highway Patrol Team of Zamboanga del Norte, led by its team leader Insp. Ariel Yogyog, to the custody of the Dipolog City Police Office for further investigation.

Chief Insp. Ryan Hernandez who has been designated as spokesman in the case by the Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Police Office said on Friday that they have already identified at least two suspects behind in the abduction through a rouge gallery.

The police official said the suspects have pending cases of kidnapping, murder, extortion and illegal possession of firearms.

Hernandez added that they have also identified the criminal group where the two suspects belong to, but he declined to give additional information.


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