Monte Vista police arrest woman after faking own kidnapping for ransom

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(Credit: Monte Vista Police Department)

MONTE VISTA, Colo. — A Monte Vista woman was arrested Monday after showing up to collect ransom for her own kidnapping.

On Tuesday, Monte Vista police chief Jim Grayson told Channel 2 News that Melissa Garcia, 29, faces a criminal extortion charge after she showed up to collect a $600 ransom intended for her own kidnapping.

According to Grayson, Garcia’s family received text messages Monday morning, alluding that Garcia was being held against her will. The messages said Garcia would be killed and her body would never be recovered if a ransom was not paid.

This communication lasted for about two hours on Monday, said Grayson.

Police arrested Garcia as she got out of her vehicle to pick up the ransom.

Grayson said Garcia also had outstanding warrants for burglary and theft charges.

No one else was involved in the incident.

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