Springfield residents arrested in cell phone extortion case - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Springfield residents arrested in cell phone extortion case

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Police charged Jose Carrasquillo, 32, and Jennifer Rodriguez, 30, both of 25 Huntington Street, floor 1, Springfield, with extortion by threat of injury. Police charged Jose Carrasquillo, 32, and Jennifer Rodriguez, 30, both of 25 Huntington Street, floor 1, Springfield, with extortion by threat of injury.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The Springfield area has recently been plagued with victims of attempted extortion, according to Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney.

Two Springfield residents allegedly called local individuals, mostly in the Hispanic community, and told them that a family member had been kidnapped, Delaney said.

The two would then allegedly order the victims to wire money to a fake name at Western Union.

"Some victims would come to the Springfield Police Department crying and hysterical because they were convinced that their relative was actually kidnapped. Some victims actually wired the money," Delaney said.

Police charged Jennifer Rodriguez, 30, and Jose Carrasquillo, 32, both of 25 Huntington Street, floor 1, Springfield, with extortion by threat of injury.

Other cities and towns reported the same crime taking place in their community. Springfield police worked with the Revere Police Department to investigate similar issues leading to the arrest of the two suspects.

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