Florida Teen Accused of Faking Kidnapping for Father’s Money



An Orlando teenager is facing charges for staging his own kidnapping to extort a ransom from his father, according to Delray Beach police.The 17-year-old disappeared from the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis tournament in Delray Beach on Sunday morning. He later called his father claiming his captors were demanding $50,000 for his release, police said.By Tuesday morning, Delray Beach detectives and FBI agents had tracked the teenager and suspect Joshua Andre Pee, 23, to a Budget Inn on the 2500 block of North Federal Highway in Delray Beach, officers said.When agents moved in, Pee ran off and broke into a house on the 500 block of Palm Trail. The homeowner and her daughter fled and flagged down police who were searching the area. A sergeant tasered Pee when he refused to lay on the ground and surrender, according to the investigative report.

During questioning, Pee denied trying to extort money from the teenager’s father. He was charged with the burglary of an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest. The teenager was charged with grand theft, the report stated.

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