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Police allege teen staged own kidnapping

Nov. 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- An Orlando, Fla., teenager was charged for staging his own kidnapping to get a ransom from his father, Delray Beach police said.

The 17-year-old male disappeared from a celebrity tennis tournament in Delray Beach Sunday, then allegedly called his father, claiming his captors demanded $500,000 for his release, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Delray Beach police detectives and FBI agents tracked the teenager and another suspect, Joshua Andre Pee, 23, to a motel in Delray Beach Tuesday, officers said. Pee fled and tried to break into a house but was apprehended.

Police said Pee denied trying to extort money from the teen's father. He was charged with the burglary of an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest, a police report indicated.

The teenager was charged with grand theft, the report said.

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