Kidnapped Singapore High Roller Rescued by Police – 43 People Arrested

Police in the Philippines have rescued a Singaporean high roller, who was kidnapped by a criminal syndicate. Local police raided a condo in Pasay City and saved the woman. 41 Chinese nationals and two Malaysian men have been arrested for the incident. If found guilty, the men – all aged between 25 and 35 – […]

Police in the Philippines have rescued a Singaporean high roller, who was kidnapped by a criminal syndicate.

Local police raided a condo in Pasay City and saved the woman.

41 Chinese nationals and two Malaysian men have been arrested for the incident. If found guilty, the men – all aged between 25 and 35 – face life in prison.

Wu Yan, a 48-year-old Singaporean woman, was the syndicate’s hostage. She was losing on the Solaire Casino baccarat tables when two Malaysian suspects befriended her.

They invited Wu to Manila’s City of Dreams Casino under the guise that it has friendlier baccarat tables. However, they took her to a nondescript condo in a taxi, where she was held for the next four days.

Heavy Ransom for Ms. Wu

According to Reuters, the kidnappers demanded US$180,000 for her safe return. Police played along long enough for the country’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) to trace the taxi and find the condo. Authorities didn’t found any weapons on the scene, but they did collect video clips of other kidnappings.

“The syndicates would show relatives these video clips,” said Senior Supt Dumlao.

“They used guns and beat the victims so that the families would give in immediately. Ms Wu Yan was not recorded, but she was beaten when she was speaking to her family.”

Kidnapping is a Heavy Problem in the Philippines

This is the 11th high-profile kidnapping by the criminal syndicate since 2015.

“The group was believed to be responsible for a series of kidnapping incidents perpetrated against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months,” said Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes.

Manila police detailed a syndicate that worked in groups of four and coerced victims to visit other casinos with them. But this was merely a ploy to win over the victims’ trust.

“We are really looking into this because of so many similar incidents at the casinos,” Dumlao explained. “Tourists should be aware [of strangers] and not entertain anybody who approaches you wanting to be friends at casinos.”

 

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