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Boise man threatened victims into sending explicit photos, police say

August 10, 2018

Ghumman

Boise police are searching for additional victims of a man they say threatened a woman into sending him explicit photos of herself over the course of several months.

Rizwan Ghumman, 33, of Boise, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of grand theft by extortion, according to a news release from the Boise Police Department. Police began investigating Ghumman in April, after a woman reported a man — later identified as Ghumman — threatened her through an online dating application. Ghumman threatened to send nude photographs of the woman to her friends if she did not continue to provide him with explicit photos of herself.

Officers believe Ghumman used multiple screen names during the commission of the crimes, including “Mark Wallace” and “Soldier Boy.” They also spoke to two other victims who reported similar threats from someone with a false name online, according to the release.

The investigation culminated in officers obtaining a search warrant, which they served Tuesday. They arrested Ghumman the same day and booked him into the Ada County jail. His bond was set at $300, and he has since made bail, according to the jail’s website. His next court date is Aug. 22.

Officers believe there may be other victims in this case. The department’s statement urges anyone who is a victim to call Ada County’s non-emergency dispatch at 208-377-6790, or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-2677, or submit a tip with the “P3 Tips” app on a mobile device.

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