Manapla City Police Chief Capt. Jaynick Bermudez said five armed men attempted to abduct a money lender in the locality on Sunday evening July 31. (File photo)

FIVE armed men reportedly attempted to kidnap a loan shark in the town of Manapla Negros Occidental but he was able to escape on Sunday evening July 31.

City Police Chief Capt. Jaynick Bermudez told Sunstar Bacolod yesterday, August 1, that William Chua, 33, of Project Bliss in the city’s Barangay 1-A, claimed the suspects forced him into a black sport utility vehicle.

Bermudez said the kidnapping was foiled when Chua’s mother-in-law and wife arrived.

“There were too many people who witnessed the incident, but they thought Chua and the suspects were just arguing,” he said.

Admitting they don’t have any suspects yet, the police official said it seems impossible to identify those who attempted to abduct Chua as they were wearing beanies.

He added that the surveillance camera of a nearby establishment also did not record the incident.

As of yesterday, the investigation into the incident continues and police are still trying to establish whether the victim has received threats or has any known enemies.*

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