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Cops: Staten Island man held woman for ransom

March 21, 2012 2:33:12 PM PDT
A Staten Island man is under arrest, accused of holding a woman against her will and trying to extort money from her mother.

Police say the 35-year-old victim met 30-year-old Rudy Santana for drinks in New York City over the weekend. She was then held by Santana at his home.

The suspect reportedly contacted the woman's 62-year-old mother, who lives in New Hyde Park, demanding a ransom for her release. Authorities say the mother sent $200 in money grams on Monday and Tuesday.

When Santana then asked for $2,000, the mother called police. The victim was recovered, unharmed, and Santana was arrested.

He is facing grand larceny charges.

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