ARIZONA NEWS

Chandler police arrest 2 after finding $15,000 in cash as part of ransom scheme

Aug 27, 2023, 6:30 AM | Updated: 6:32 pm

convoluted kidnapping scheme in Chandler envelope full of cash BMW...

(Chandler Police Department Photo)

(Chandler Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX – Chandler police arrested two men on Tuesday in connection to a convoluted kidnapping scheme, according to a Saturday announcement.

Their ransom plot involved an envelope full of cash, an imaginary kidnapping and a BMW dealership, officials said.

The two suspects, 21-year-old Julio Paulino Rosario and 22-year-old Raul Roque Reyes, are from the Dominican Republic, according to the Chandler Police Department.

Officials accused Rosario and Reyes of tricking an elderly victim into believing they had kidnapped her son. They allegedly demanded a $15,000 ransom to save him.

Police also said Rosario and Reyes told the victim to send the money to a specific BMW dealership and ask for “Paul.”

How did police solve the convoluted kidnapping scheme?

Officials claim a ride-share driver delivered the envelope to the dealership, a Chapman BMW near Interstate 10 and Ray Road, on behalf of the victim.

According to Chandler police, the driver asked around for Paul, but employees said Paul worked at a different location.

“The driver left the envelope at the dealership and left,” the press release said. “Soon after, two Hispanic males in a white sports car confronted the driver and demanded the envelope.”

After employees called police, an officer arrived in the area and stopped the white sports car, police said.

At the end of the press release, officials advised victims to report these crimes to their local police departments. Anyone with information related to these suspects can call the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

An abandoned Phoenix golf course will be revived this year by the new owner of the property. (Jim P...

Angela Gonzales/Phoenix Business Journal

Developer to breathe new life into abandoned Phoenix golf course, build 415 homes

An abandoned golf course at the southeast corner of 59th and Southern avenues in Phoenix's Laveen Village could get a new lease on life, after years of intense talks between the property's owner and community residents.

9 minutes ago

A two-year-old girl nearly drowned on Saturday in Chandler. (Pexels photo)...

KTAR.com

2-year-old ‘breathing and alert’ after nearly drowning in Chandler

Fire personnel were called to a near-drowning incident in Chandler involving a two-year-old girl on Saturday.

9 hours ago

Exzavion Williams is in jail more than 15 months after a deadly shooting in Phoenix. (MCSO mugshot)...

KTAR.com

Arrest made from February 2023 shooting that killed Phoenix teen

Detectives arrested a man for murder and armed robbery in a homicide case from last year, authorities said Saturday.

9 hours ago

dual-branded hotel groundbreaking...

Damon Allred

Dual-branded hotel coming to Phoenix in 2025 breaks ground

Mayor Kate Gallego was among those present for the groundbreaking on Tuesday of a new dual-branded hotel coming soon to Phoenix.

10 hours ago

Two brothers were arrested weeks after a dead body was removed from a car that was on fire in a can...

KTAR.com

Pair of brothers arrested weeks after a dead body was found in Phoenix canal

Detectives arrested a pair of brothers after a dead body was found in a car on fire last month in west Phoenix.

11 hours ago

A bear was killed by Arizona game officials after it injured a teenager in northern Arizona. (AZ Ga...

Associated Press

Bear shot dead by Arizona game officers after swipe attack on teen in mountain cabin

A black bear was shot and killed by Arizona fish and game officers after it entered a home through an open door and injured a teenager.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

Chandler police arrest 2 after finding $15,000 in cash as part of ransom scheme