Three Illinois residents face felony disorderly conduct charges after allegedly concocting a fake kidnapping scheme. According to authorities, the suspects committed the crime to get money to pay off outstanding gambling debts.
On Feb. 5, a 25-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend allegedly phoned the man’s mother, claiming they had been kidnapped by unknown assailants. They said the kidnappers were demanding $3,000 for their safe release. The mother told Bridgeview police that, during the phone call, she heard the sounds of her son being assaulted and heard her son’s girlfriend begging for money. At some point during the call, the kidnappers’ demands increased from $3,000 to $4,000.
After the call ended, the mother contacted police, who were able to track the cellphone as it moved through Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge. Police then located the girlfriend’s 2013 Mazda near 95th and Melvina. The man, his girlfriend and a 26-year-old man were all found unharmed inside the vehicle. Police said the three confessed to faking the kidnapping to get money for gambling debts. They were held without bond in the Cook County Jail.
Illinois residents who are convicted of similar felonies can often expect to be incarcerated or to pay steep fines. Accordingly, those who have been charged with felony crimes may find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in order to begin to construct an appropriate strategy. This could involve reviewing the arrest report in order to determine if any of the defendant’s constitutional rights were violated by authorities during the process of being taken into custody.
Source: ABC 7 Chicago, “3 ACCUSED OF FAKING KIDNAPPING TO MOTHER FOR GAMBLING MONEY,” Feb. 6, 2016