Police: Suspect used alligator to threaten kidnapped man
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police say a man who placed a 3-foot alligator on top of a man in an extortion attempt has been arrested.
The Connecticut Post reports that 30-year-old Isaias Garcia, of Garland, Texas, was held on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including kidnapping and threatening. Authorities say a 21-year-old man called his aunt April 6 to say he had been kidnapped and his abductor was demanding $800.
The aunt contacted police who told her to demand proof her nephew was OK.
Police say she received a photograph of her nephew face down in a bathtub, the open-mouthed alligator on top of him. Police traced the suspect's phone to a Shelton hotel where he was arrested.
Online judicial court records did not list an attorney for Garcia.