Man Fakes Own Son’s Kidnapping
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Pressured to pay back $50,000 in gambling debts, a man allegedly faked the kidnapping of his 12-year-old son to extort money from his estranged wife, leaving the boy handcuffed in a motel with potato chips to eat.
The son was persuaded to go along with the scheme, which unraveled when the wife’s family failed to come up with the $10,000 ransom, authorities said Monday.
Marko Ivezic, 37, of Farmington Hills told police two masked men abducted his son at gunpoint Friday night and told him to bring the money to a Romulus motel, Police Chief William Dwyer said.
The boy was found handcuffed to a bathroom sink in another motel the next day. He ``was made comfortable with pillows, blankets and potato chips and pop,″ Dwyer said.
The boy and his 10-year-old sister live in New York with their mother but had traveled to Michigan to visit their father.
Ivezic was charged with false report of a felony, inducing a minor to commit a felony and attempted fraud. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on each count. He was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
``He was under great pressure. There was a muscle man _ the loan sharks had hired someone to collect this money,″ Dwyer said. ``I’m sure he was fearful of his life and that’s why he came up with this whole scheme.″
Ivezic’s brother, Vasel Ivezic, said his brother will be cleared.
``There’s a lot of misunderstanding. It’ll be all right,″ Vasel Ivezic said.
Prosecutors said Ivezic also faces weapons charges in New Jersey and his estranged wife has personal protection order against him in New York.