POLICE have identified the owner of the get-away vehicle used by gunmen in kidnapping a businessman who was immediately rescued in Zamboanga City, an official said Friday.

Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City Police (ZCPO) director, said the vehicle is owned by Johar Salam Jaalam, who is a native of Tuburan, Basilan province but is now residing in Sta. Catalina village in Zamboanga City.

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De Ocampo said that Jaalam's identity was established through the documents found from the get-away vehicle, which was abandoned by the suspects and recovered by the police during a hot pursuit.

The police rescued the victim, Thomas To, 65, around 10:20 p.m. Monday, barely 20 minutes after five gunmen seized him near his residence at Waray Drive in the village of Tetuan, four kilometers east of Zamboanga City.

Three of the gunmen fled on foot while the other two fled aboard two motorcycles under cover of darkness, leaving behind a van they used as a get-away vehicle.

De Ocampo said that Jaalam was also identified by witnesses through a photograph shown to them by investigators handling the case.

Witnesses told the investigators that they have seen Jaalam together with some companions aboard the recovered get-away vehicle at Waray Drive before they abducted To, who is into furniture business, De Ocampo said.

He said the first time they saw Jalaam and his companions at Waray Drive, Tetuan, were last Friday. The second time was last Saturday and the third time was last Monday.

He said the last time the witnesses saw Jaalam and his companions near a pharmacy along Don Alfaro Street in the village of Tetuan was around 7:45 p.m. Monday, barely two hours and 15 minutes before the incident.

De Ocampo said investigation continues to unmask the identities of the other four suspects.

A case of kidnapping is set to be filed against the kidnappers, De Ocampo added.