It was a strange case for the Bridgeport and Shelton Police in Connecticut as they arrested a man who used a three-foot alligator to threaten his captive.
Police arrested 30-year-old Isaias Garcia of Garland, Texas, and charged him with numerous cases including first-degree kidnapping, unlawful restraint and third-degree assault. This was first reported by The Connecticut Post on Tuesday.
The young victim’s aunt and father reported the kidnapping to the police on April 6. According to the report, she first received a call from her nephew and informed her he was being held captive.
Her nephew said that Garcia was demanding $800 (almost P41,900) in ransom, or else he would be “burned.”
His aunt then followed the police advice to ask for a photograph to make sure he was safe. With her demand granted, she saw the man lying face down on a bathtub, with the alligator on top of him and its mouth open.
Police teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to trace where the call came from—the Residence Inn in Shelton.
But when the authorities arrived, both Garcia and the man were not on the scene, only the suspect’s girlfriend. She was then interviewed by the police.
They hid and waited for Garcia and the victim to arrive back in the area. Police saw Garcia’s car park, where they converged and arrested the suspect on the scene. Upon rescue, the man had burn marks on his face and arm.
“It is an outrageous case, but it is clear from the evidence that this young man’s life was in danger,” Bridgeport Police Lt. Christopher LaMaine was quoted in the report. “This was no joke.”
Garcia is now detained and pleaded not guilty on all charges he is facing. His trial continues on June 4. Katrina Hallare /ra