NEW CASSEL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A reported kidnapping was nothing more than a hoax invented by four young people looking for cash, police said.
The suspects, who were holed up in a Long Island motel, demanded ransom for a kidnapping victim authorities say was never taken.READ MORE: Newborn Twins Found Dead In Queens, Mother In Custody
The four faced charges Sunday, including attempted grand larceny.
Nassau County detectives say two men and two women devised the scheme to call a family demanding $2,000 for the return of the supposed victim.
Just after midnight Saturday, police entered a motel room in Hicksville, where they found the four along with a bag containing drugs.READ MORE: COVID On Long Island: Oyster Bay Offers Saliva-Based COVID Testing As Town Continues On Road To Reopening
The men charged are 20-year-old Wendy Suprien, of New Cassel, and 20-year-old Wisard Dextra, of Westbury. The women charged are 28-year-old Scharday Hilton, of Huntington Station, and 19-year-old Sheyla Diaz, of the Bronx.
Police did not know whether they had an attorney.
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