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Jewish World Review
Nov 22, 2011
/ 25 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772
30-year-old man's alleged kidnapping unravels after his mom negotiates ransom down to $60
OLUMBIA, S.C. (MCT)
A South Carolina man's attempt to fake his own kidnapping Thursday went awry, starting when his mother negotiated down his ransom to $60 from $100.
Christopher Hutto, 30, of Elgin was charged with extortion for orchestrating the "kidnapping" and then trying to get money from his mother, said Sheriff Jim Matthews.
Hutto had tried to get his mother to pay $100 to find out where the supposed kidnapper had dumped his allegedly badly beaten body, Matthews said. But his mother got the alleged kidnapper to drop the price by $40 after she said she couldn't afford to pay that much for the information.
"Maybe he was a problem child," Matthews said, joking.
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Hutto's mother began receiving text messages Thursday night that said her son had been severely beaten and dropped in the woods at an unknown location, Matthews said. The texts, which were coming from Hutto's phone, also said he was near death.
Kershaw County deputies called the State Law Enforcement Division and the Richland County Sheriff's Department to help catch the "kidnapper," Matthews said.
But when police staked out a drop-off location for the money, they saw Hutto running from the site with the money, Matthews said. He was captured after a short foot chase.
Hutto had planned to use the money to buy crack cocaine, Matthews said.
"This guy's a crackhead, and we used all of these resources to ensure his safe return, and it turns out he orchestrated the whole thing," Matthews said.
The penalty for extortion is up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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