Man Fakes His Own Kidnapping To Extort $450 From His Wealthier Wife (Photos)
A Mexican man faked his own brutal kidnapping just so he could get his wealthier wife to pay the ransom.
Daily Mail reports that Mexico City's Eliot Garrido Guido, 36, was most likely jealous of his wife's bank job, which gave her financial superiority over her unemployed husband.
He had lost his job as a builder three months ago and apparently could not bear asking his wife for money.
So Guido had a friend, 42-year-old Carlos Amilcar Martinez Reyes, drive him to an abandoned house and take photos using a series of props to make it look like he had been beaten and kidnapped.
Guido was photographed with what appears to be fake blood on his T-shirt and face, a gag in his mouth and a bag over his head.
These pictures were then uploaded to Guido's Facebook account.
The "kidnappers" claimed he was being held hostage and tortured 900 miles away.
A message was sent to Guido's wife telling her that her husband's life would only be spared if she gave the kidnappers 7,000 pesos, the equivalent of $450.
His wife said,
I was seriously worried but when I contacted them they said I should leave the money at an address in Mexico City. I asked them why I should do that if they were in Playa del Carmen, and they just said do it. But it didn't make sense so I contacted the police.
Police determined the location from which the Facebook message was sent and found the men not too far from Guido's home.
A police spokesman said,
We found them in a house about 300 meters away. They both confessed and were arrested on the spot.
The failed extortion attempt could earn the two men five years in prison.