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Man who faked his Kidnapping to Collect Ransom found Gambling at Casino

Tags: casino, kidnapping, ransom.
Posted on 09 March 2018 by "K".

It could be a good plot for the next Ocean’s 11 sequel, but then again, maybe not.

According to police, last week, a man from Oklahoma was arrested at a Tulsa casino for allegedly faking his own kidnapping, in the aim of collecting ransom payments from his wife and friends.

Jonathon Michael Davis, age 34, of Owasso, Oklahoma, had not come home for three days since February 27 when his wife reported him to be missing. According to the wife, she received text messages from her husband’s cellphone on March 1, supposedly from her husband’s kidnapper.

The messages from the ‘kidnapper’ demanded that money must be deposited into a PayPal account.

Owasso police Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff said, “One message showed a photo of a broken finger and said that ‘they were going to continue breaking fingers until they pay’.” The ransom amount was $375.

The same night that he was reported missing, police then tracked Davis’ cellphone and it pointed to the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, where they found him unharmed and actually gambling alone at a table, and the cellphone used to send the ransom texts is in his pocket.

About the broken finger, Woodruff said, “If you do a Google search of broken fingers that image pops up. I can’t imagine putting your family through this for a few hundred dollars, making them think it was a real kidnapping and there was someone out there hurting him. It is a lot to put your family through and a lot of trauma for a family to turn out to be a false report. He wasn’t very good at this. I don’t know if he was thinking about it long term.”

Davis was arrested and charged on March 1 with extortion and false reporting of a crime.

He was transported to the Tulsa County Jail on a bond of $10,000.

He was scheduled to appear in court Friday, March 9.


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10 comments on "Man who faked his Kidnapping to Collect Ransom found Gambling at Casino"

 CALICUL09/03/2018 14:55:06 GMT
This man should run for the award of the Year's Gap. He did a lot of stupidity and he was arrested for that. To create a kidnapping yourself for 375 dollars to play at the casino is something of a rare stupidity. Now this bumpy head is also able to make prison because passion of gambling tempted him to do this thing.
 Sandmanilo09/03/2018 19:51:45 GMT
It would be a bad plot, as Hollywood screenwriters tend to picture their characters as a smart guys aimied by good intentions, and this is a very stupid man who was putting his family through the hell for 375 dollars.
 pajalnick10/03/2018 12:23:26 GMT
it seems to me that all the same the film on his adventures can be done ..... like some kind of comedy .... of course he did a very stupid thing but people on earth are many and not all of them are smart .... this person is clearly not related to clever people ... and his action shows it
 Tony_MON7ANA10/03/2018 16:05:11 GMT
"The ransom amount was $375."
LMFAO! A US$375 ransom? Are you kidding? Was this guy high on crack? A $10,000 bail bond! Does he have any friends who can bail him out? This is one of the most ridiculous stories I have heard lately.
 ligador3710/03/2018 23:15:44 GMT
As I said when I read the news that they had sanctioned one for riding( I believe in California), people do not stop surprising one.
When you think you've seen it all, this kind of news arrives to say the opposite.
Incredible the stupid of this case for less than $ 400.
 Mober11/03/2018 15:06:09 GMT
He must be a "smart" cookie Smile
375 USD in his paypal account, and all that from his cellphone.
Now it will cost him even more, to pay the money for the bond.
Wonder if his wife and friends will pay that amount Smile
 CALICUL13/03/2018 15:20:49 GMT
the most beautiful thing is his wife to divorce him or at least scare him. Smile Then he will see how awful he was his very bad strategy. This man probably has no friends. If he has friends he could ask for money from that friend. Is a sad story for him and his family. Sad
 godoy13/03/2018 22:43:36 GMT
my god how can the summit of the addiction to play play? I would have to seek a treatment against addiction because that is what I did and it was inaccessible because I let the family all panic and mobilized police who could be working in a real occurrence
 RoninHarper14/03/2018 04:28:06 GMT
G'day mates

This has got to be one of the stupidest people to live in the USA.
This is a level of stupidity which should appear on America's stupidest criminal's on the television program.
 Mysik8614/03/2018 09:04:26 GMT
Hey Americans - we laugh of you here in Europe, but this guy prove, that we laughing correctly... $375 ransom is hilarious, but spending ransom at gambling show us that he must throw his brain out...

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