Man arrested for faking his own kidnapping
5 August 2004, MADRID - Police in Madrid have arrested a man who allegedly tried to fake his own kidnapping to extort EUR 6,000 from his father and girlfriend.
5 August 2004
MADRID - Police in Madrid have arrested a man who allegedly tried to fake his own kidnapping to extort EUR 6,000 from his father and girlfriend.
The man, named only as Antonio GG, is said to have demanded the ransom in mobile text messages after feigning his own disappearance.
Police began their investigations on Monday when the man's girlfriend went to the police station in the San Blas district of the capital to report the ransom demands.
In the meantime, they contacted the father who said he had also received similar messages.
Police eventually managed to speak by phone with who they believed to be the kidnapper, and organized an operation to free Antonio at the central, Méndez Alvaro railway station.
When they arrived, only Antonio was to be found. After several hours questioning, he finally admitted to staging the whole event.
Police said Antonio told them he had been trying to get money to solve his economic problems and that he never expected his actions would lead to such a commotion.
He was released pending a court appearance.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news