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Swedish man suspected of 'kidnapping himself'

The Local/rm · 14 Feb 2012, 10:04

Published: 14 Feb 2012 10:04 GMT+01:00

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“The son allegedly called his parents saying he has been kidnapped and subjected to threats and violence,” said prosecutor Kjell Janneson to local paper Västerbottenskuriren.

Over the phone to his parents, the man allegedly told them of the kidnappers' “demands”; that they should bring 15,000 kronor ($2,243) to an Umeå location, which they did in order to ensure their son's immediate release.

However, after handing over the money to the 29-year-old's accomplice, they alerted the police.

After several people close to the 29-year-old had been questioned it turned out he had been staying at an acquaintance's house at the time of the alleged kidnapping and hadn't been missing at all, according to the paper.

During the days prior to the phone call, the man had been staying at a number of hotels in the area without paying his bills, sometimes with a friend and sometimes on his own.

Six days after the police started investigating the case, the man was arrested. He is under suspicion for extortion, narcotics crimes and fraud. He has admitted to all allegations.

The 29-year-old has previously been convicted for a number of crimes including robbery, fraud and assault, reports Västerbottenskuriren. As late as last autumn he was convicted on two counts of narcotics crimes.

Story continues below…

Legal proceedings will commence latest by the end of the week.

The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:43 February 14, 2012 by tgolan
where is the crime? How can one kidnap yourself? Thats like arresting someone for stealling his own property
15:25 February 14, 2012 by JulieLou40
He extorted money from people, left hotels without paying, and committed drugs offences.......and you wonder where the crime is?? Have you been taking drugs too?
15:50 February 14, 2012 by Svensksmith
Did he cut off his ear?
18:15 February 14, 2012 by Sgrock
Let us do away with the PC nonsense. It is highly unlikely that this person is Swedish. A Swedish citizen, perhaps. But Swedish? Most certainly not. Careful editing would prevent such foolish headline mistakes.
19:33 February 14, 2012 by bethrichardson
I'd like to know what makes you so sure, Sgrock. Swedes are just as capable of killing, raping, stealing and drug abuse as the rest of the world, so what makes you say this couldn't possibly be a real Swede?
22:56 February 14, 2012 by blue2012
This is pathetic.

This individual still has to depend on his parents?
06:39 February 19, 2012 by johnoleson
I agree, at this age he should have been fully dependent on the government.
14:02 February 20, 2012 by wheelboot
This is crazy and really stupid!
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