Woman, 70, and two accomplices arrested in the Dominican Republic after authorities discovered she plotted her own kidnapping to scam her daughter out of $40,000 – to help one of the men pay off $6,600 witchcraft debt
- Deisy Hernández was arrested for plotting her own kidnapping in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic, on Friday
- The 70-year-old woman and Roberto De Jesús came up with a plan to help Yorby Soto get out of a $6,600 debt he had with a person who practiced witchcraft
- Hernández faked her abduction in the central city of Bonao on October 20 and had a man call her daughter to request a $40,000 ransom, Soto told the police
- Soto said he had ran into a debt after he hired the services of an individual to practice witch spells on his own mother
- Soto was driving Hernández to the Santo Domingo city of Los Alcarrizos when they were pulled over by authorities in his vehicle
- Hernández, De Jesús and Soto were all being held in Villa Altagracia as of Sunday. Charges are still pending
A police bodycam video captured the moment a septuagenarian was rescued before Dominican Republic authorities discovered she plotted her own abduction to scam her daughter out of $40,00 and help pay off one of her accomplice’s witchcraft debt.
Deisy Hernández, 70, plotted with Roberto De Jesús to fake her kidnapping at her home in the central city of Bonao on October 20 and had a man contact her daughter to seek the ransom, National Police spokesman Diego Pesqueira revealed Sunday.
Authorities rescued Hernández and arrested the money owing abductor, Yorvy Soto, in the municipality of Villa Altagracia while they were on their way to the Santo Domingo city of Los Alcarrizos on Friday.
Deisy Hernández was arrested Friday after police in the Dominican Republic learned she faked her own kidnapping to help out her friend, Yorby Soto, get out of a $6,600 debt he owed to a person who he had hired to perform witch spells on his own mother. Hernández, 70, had a man contact her own daughter on October 20 to request $40,000 in exchange for her release
Yorby Soto was taken into custody by Dominican Republic authorities in Villa Altagracia on Friday after he was pulled over with his friend, Deisy Hernández, who plotted her own kidnapping to help him get out of debt
Soto confessed to the investigators that Hernández and De Jesús had approached him with a plan to help him get out of the debt that he had with an individual who he had hired to practice spells on his own mother.
Soto told the police that he was given a date by when he had to come up with the $6,600 or risk having his mother die.
He added that he was unaware that Hernández and De Jesús had sought out a larger amount from Hernández daughter.
According to Soto, De Jesús was responsible for picking up the ransom at a place to be determined in exchange for Hernández’s release before
Deisy Hernández was found sitting in the back of vehicle Friday, nine days after she set up her own kidnapping to scam her own daughter out of $40,000
Soto told police that he was unaware that Hernández and De Jesús sought $40,000 from her own daughter instead of the $6,600 he really needed to get out of debt
Yorby Soto is escorted by a member of the Villa Altagracia police force following his arrest
Video footage showed two cops approaching Soto’s vehicle on a street near a highway intersection before he was forced to the ground and placed under arrest.
Hernández was sitting in the rear seat with her hands tied.
One of the police officers asked her if she was ok while another questioned Soto about the whereabouts of the other people who were involved in the kidnapping.
De Jesús was arrested during a separate police operation in Villa Altagracia.
Hernández, Soto and De Jesús have all appeared before a local prosecutor in Villa Altagracia, but have yet to be formally charged.
‘As for the alleged kidnapped, Deisy Hernández, no trace could be found that indicates violence or mistreatment against her,’ the police said in a statement. ‘The reports and testimonies of the detainees indicate that she was helped by them to manage to coordinate and/or plan the way in which they would achieve their objective.’
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