This might be the plot for the next “Ocean’s 11” movie.
An Oklahoma man was arrested at a Tulsa casino last week for allegedly faking his own kidnapping in order to collect ransom payments from his wife and friends, authorities said.
Jonathon Michael Davis, 34, had been missing for three days when his wife reported him missing and the text message ransom notes on March 1, Owasso police said. His wife and close friends had begun to receive ransom messages sent from Davis’ cellphone by someone claiming to have kidnapped him, police said.
The ransom notes demanded $375 each or supposed kidnappers threatened physical harm, WCMH-TV said.
One message contained a photo of a broken finger and said that “they were going to continue breaking fingers until they pay,” Owasso Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff told PEOPLE.
Officers tracked Davis’ cellphone to the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, where they found him sitting and gambling alone at a table in possession of the cellphone used to send the ransom texts, police said.
“He wasn’t very good at this,” Woodruff told PEOPLE. “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 will appear in court on March 9.
“This is a new one on me,” Woodruff told WCMH-TV. “I’ve been a police officer for 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.