Police arrested five Vietnamese nationals for alleged robbery, extortion and illegal detention of a fellow Vietnamese in Makati City.
Southern Police District director Kirby Kraft identified the suspects as Thai Huy Tuan, 28 Phan Huu Dat, 25; Nguyen Ly Huynh, 30, Phan Van Thanh, 28; and Tran Trung Tuyen, 34.
An entrapment operation conducted by members of the Makati City Station Investigative and Detective Management resulted in the arrest of the suspects along Leviste Street, Salcedo Village in Barangay Bel-Air around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Kraft said the Makati City police conducted the operation following the complaint filed by Do Mahn Tuan who told investigators that the suspects held him in custody inside the VIP Room of Yakale Restaurant in Barangay San Antonio on Dec. 22.
He added the suspects released the victim after paying P250,000.
“On Dec. 26, the complainant received a call and text messages from the suspects extorting P100,000 and threatened the victim that if he will not pay, he and his family will be kidnapped,” said Kraft.
This prompted the victim to ask police assistance and the entrapment was made leading to the arrest of the suspects.
The five foreigners are now detained at the Makati Police custodial center.