Crooks Kidnap Man and Hold Him Ransom for iPhone and $300

Kidnapping Larimer County Sheriff Credit: Larimer County Sheriff
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Two men have been arrested after allegedly kidnapping a man and then asking him to hand over his iPhone in return for freedom, according to the Coloradoan.

Fort Collins police took action after 39-year old Daniel Cordova and 22-year-old Michael Carrillo approached an innocent man and woman on March 1st. Law enforcement officials claim that the crooks wanted $300 in cash and an Apple smartphone. They had been staying at America’s Best Value Inn, located at 1809 N. College Ave at the time.

While the woman was able to give the pair $200, she didn’t have rest of the $300 ransom fee. She couldn’t give them an iPhone either – despite their request.

Because of this, Cordova and Carrillo ended up kidnapping the man. After bringing him to a separate location at gun point, they called the woman and told her to make the rest of the payment.

Police were tipped off after a family member called 911. In the meantime, the woman drove to 131 Hillcrest Drive and met the pair at the apartment, where she paid the rest of the money and gave the crooks an iPhone.

Within a matter of minutes, police officers got to the apartment and arrested both men. They face charges of first-degree kidnapping, criminal extortion and felony menacing.

Cordova will face judges and a jury at Larimer County Justice Center today, while Carrillo will be tried on March 12th. He’s currently locked up at Larimer County Jail.

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