Police: California Woman's Abduction Was a Hoax
Claudia Cowan reported on "Happening Now" today that the abduction and subsequent ransom demand for Denise Huskins was a hoax.
"Vallejo Police now say that Aaron Quinn's story about his girlfriend getting kidnapped-for-ransom in the middle of the night, was hard to believe from the start," Cowan said.
Quinn told police that the 29-year-old woman was kidnapped from his home and being held for an $8,500 ransom on Monday.
Police said that Huskins was found safe on Wednesday, roughly 420 miles south in Huntington Beach.
Cowan said that Huskins initially agreed to cooperate with detectives, but now she has cut off her communication with police and has hired a lawyer.
"Her family says she was kidnapped and that the police are out of line," Cowan said.
A massive search was sparked for Huskins where over 100 law enforcement officers looked for her. Police detectives said that they found no evidence to back up Quinn's story about Huskins being kidnapped in the middle of the night.
"Mr. Quinn and Ms. Huskins have plundered valuable resources away from our community," Lt. Larry Park of the Vallejo Police Department said. "And has taken the focus away from the true victims of our community, while instilling fear amongst our community members. So if anything, it is Mr. Quinn and Ms. Huskins that owes this community an apology."
Cowan reported that the couple could face charges if the evidence does indeed show that the kidnapping was a hoax.
Police said that the motive for the hoax remains unclear, but the FBI is searching financial records, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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