2 US citizens, relative kidnapped in Tictabon PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:39

A mother and son, both naturalized US citizens, and her nephew were seized by gunmen at their rest house in Tictabon, Sacol Island before dawn yesterday.
Abducted were Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, 42, married to a German national, her son Kevin Eric Lusnmann, 14, and cousin Romnick Jackaria, 19, of Malamawi, Basilan.
Sacol Police Station commander Chief Insp. Nonito Asdai said the three were sleeping in the rest house when gunmen arrived around 3 a.m. and seized them.

Asdai said the three were dragged to the shore where they were forced to board two pumpboats that sped towards Basilan.
According to Asdai, the bodyguards of Lunsmann were told to lie down as they took the victims.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo ordered his men to carry out hot pursuit operations and do everything to possibly rescue the victims and arrest the kidnappers.

De Ocampo immediately coordinated with the police and military in Basilan to intercept the kidnappers at sea.

It was gathered that Lunsmann, who was born in Zamboanga City, was adopted by a US citizen when she was nine years old. She was brought to the state of Virginia, USA, where grew up and married a German national. She owns a house in Pangapuyan in the city’s east coast where she arrived from the US 13 days ago.

Last Monday morning, Lusnmann’s nephew visited and stayed with them in her rest house in Tictabon.
Asdai said no group has claimed responsibility for the latest kidnapping in Zamboanga City.
The German husband of Gerfa Yeatts was not with them during the kidnapping.

According to some eyewitness accounts, the abducted victims were brought towards the direction of Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf.

TheUS citizen- victims were the owner the beach resort that was raided by the gunmen. The US Embassy in Manila had not yet commented on the incident.

According to intelligence reports, the victims were brought to Sengal village in Tuburan town, Basilan under Abu Sayyaf commander Abu Pula, one of the notorious militant leader in Mindanao. — Dan Toribio Jr.