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Man Charged in Son’s Kidnap Plot

April 21, 1998

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ A man accused of plotting his son’s kidnapping to collect ransom to pay gambling debts was arraigned Monday and ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Marko Ivezic, 37, of Farmington Hills, was charged with false report of a felony, inducing a minor to commit a felony and attempted false pretenses over $100.

Ivezic told police his 12-year-old son was abducted Friday night by two masked men who demanded $10,000. The boy was found handcuffed to a bathroom sink in a hotel Saturday.

Prosecutors said Monday that Ivezic planned the scam and his son cooperated.

The boy and his 10-year-old sister live in New York with their mother but had traveled to Michigan to visit their father.

Authorities believe Ivezic owed $50,000 and thought he could get some ransom money from his estranged wife’s family.

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 a personal protection order against him in New York.

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