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Felony count filed against alleged extortionist

Posted: January 23, 2009 8:42 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2009 4:41 p.m.
The District Attorney filed one felony count of extortion on Jose Gregorio Friday, said Sgt. John Bomben, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Community Interaction Team.

Local detectives arrested Gregorio on suspicion of extortion Wednesday, after he allegedly asked the victim for a $20,000 ransom, claiming the victim's brother was being held in Mexico.

Deputies and the Interaction Team arrested Gregorio, a 43-year-old Mexican national, at a local payphone, and determined the next morning the victim's brother was safe in Mexico.


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