Fake Kidnapping Leads to Arrest in San Jose

Sunday, Feb 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:30 AM PDT
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Fake Kidnapping Leads to Arrest in San Jose

Damian Trujillo

San Jose respond to hostage situation

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Two men were arrested Friday in San Jose on suspicion of extorting a female victim out of her money by convincing her that someone had been kidnapped, according to police.

 Raymond Delgado, 52, allegedly called a friend of his at about 2:55 p.m. on Jan. 27 and said his cousin had been kidnapped, police said.
      
Delgado, of San Jose, told his friend that he needed money to help free his cousin, police said.
      
Delgado's friend gave him $6,500 on Feb. 1, and he later told her the captors had taken the money, but killed his cousin anyway, police said.
      
On Friday morning, Delgado called his friend again and told her the same captors had now kidnapped him and wanted $10,000 for his release, police said.
      
Delgado's friend then contacted police in San Diego, where Delgado had initially said his cousin was kidnapped, police said.
      
San Diego and San Jose police worked together and found Delgado and another suspect later Friday evening in the 200 block of East Santa Clara Street in San Jose, police said.

Delgado was arrested along with Angel Cordova, 21, of San Jose, on suspicion of felony extortion and conspiracy.
      
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the San Jose police robbery unit at (408) 277-4166.

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