An Oklahoma man is accused of organizing his own fake kidnapping for the purpose of collecting money from his family and friends on March 1.
Jonathan Michael Davis, 34, was arrested for reporting a false crime and blackmailing. He sent text messages to his wife and two friends asking to transfer $375 each to a PayPal account blackmailing them that Davis would be in trouble if the funds were not deposited. A number of text messages with a photo of a broken finger came from Davis’ cell phone threatening to break all his fingers if they refuse to pay.
Davis’ wife contacted the Owasso Police Department asking for help. She assumed that it was a legitimate kidnapping. The police officers hurried to a residence in a neighborhood of North 122nd East Avenue for a possible kidnapping. The friends and family told the officers that they had not seen Davis since February 27. Davis was reported missing.
With the assistance of FBI and U.S. Marshalls, the police officers tried to locate Davis. His cell phone was signaled at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa where the officers found Davis sitting at a gambling table with his cell phone. He was unharmed. His car was parked in the parking lot of the nearby hotel. The authorities immediately realized that it was an unreal kidnapping. Davis had searched and downloaded a broken finger picture on the internet and sent to his wife and friends.
Davis was transported to Tulsa jail on a bond of $10,000. He will appear in court on Friday, February 9.