CRIME
11/17/2011 02:54 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Teen Fakes Kidnapping: Police Arrest Kevin Ashton And Joshua Andre Pee In Ransom Plot

A teen faked his own kidnapping and, with a friend, tried to extort his father for $50,000 but police in Florida foiled their alleged get-rich-quick scheme.

Delray Beach cops arrested Kevin Ashton, 17, in a Budget Inn hotel on Tuesday -- two days after he disappeared at a celebrity tennis tournament, according to TV station WESH. The teen called his dad on Sunday and said his abductors wanted money, the Associated Press said.

The apparent kidnapping sparked a huge manhunt involving the FBI, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Ashton went quietly with police. His supposed partner in crime Joshua Andre Pee, 23, fled on foot and broke into a home, looking for a place to hide, according to reports.

A woman was ironing clothes in the home that Pee allegedly burglarized, WPBF reports. She told the station that Pee appeared frightened and begged her to help him hide.

Some reports said that the homeowner left the house and found police who were searching for Pee while WESH reported that her son-in-law called cops, who used a Taser to subdue the suspect.

Pee denied being involved in the kidnapping, according to the Sun-Sentinel. He was charged with burglary and resisting arrest. Ashton was charged with grand theft.

But federal agents say Pee bought a cellphone at Wallmart and made the ransom call to Ashton's parents on Sunday, according to WFTV.

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