At a press briefing at Camp Crame, the arrested suspect was identified as Na Jin Suk, 36.
According to PNP-AKG director Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, the rescued hostage, was identified as Kim Byeong Mo, 19. Authorities rescued the victim at around 6 pm yesterday, at Gotesco Towers B located on N. Concepcion Street, Ermita in Manila.
It was learned that the victim had arrived in the country on January 19, 2020, around 4 pm after being offered a job offer by a friend in the Philippines.
The victim was taken to the Gotesco Towers in Ermita, Manila, and was met by three Koreans, including the suspect, where he was asked to surrender his phone and passport.
Korean arrested for abduction of fellow Korean in Ermita
It was around 11 pm on January 20 when Byeong Mo found out that the company that hired him was involved in the illegal “voice pishing” business, specifically in ‘telephone fraud’ whose intentions were to extort money from people.
The victim was able to call her mother in Korea and make her know his situation, but the suspect later detained him at the condominium.
At around 10.30 pm, Korean Desk / Police Liaison Chief Inspector Hyosang Kwon and Jinsu Choi from the Republic of Korea Embassy arrived at the PNP-AKG Central Field Unit (LFU). They called for help to rescue Byeong Mo.
PNP-AKG Central Field Office under the leadership of Lt. Col. Villaflor Bannawagan, along with the Korean Police under the direction of Consul and Police Attaché Lee Soo Bok, immediately launched the rescue operation which resulted to the suspect’s arrest.