Sheriff: Man faked his own kidnapping for money

Published: Nov. 18, 2011 at 9:24 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 at 9:25 PM EST
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Christopher Hutto (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Hutto (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - An Elgin man was arrested after he orchestrated his own kidnapping to extort money from his mother so that he could buy drugs, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Christopher Hutto, 30, was arrested and charged with Extortion during the early morning hours of November 18.

On the evening of November 17, Hutto's mother contacted the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and stated that her son had been kidnapped. She told deputies that she had received text messages advising her that her son, Christopher, had been badly beaten, was near death and had been dropped in the woods at an unknown location.

She said that the text messages were being sent from her son's phone. The unidentified person sending the text messages advised that for $100, he would disclose the location of Christopher's badly beaten body. Mrs. Hutto advised the unknown texter that she did not have that much money and negotiated a price of $60 for information about Christopher's whereabouts.

Kershaw County officers set up a drop site for the money and surrounded the location. Deputies observed Christopher Hutto running from the drop site, and he was captured after a short foot chase by Kershaw County and Richland County deputies.

Investigators believe that Christopher Hutto had orchestrated the entire incident so that he could get money to buy crack cocaine.

"Christopher Hutto's addiction to crack cocaine drove him to fake his own kidnapping," said Sheriff Matthews. "The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office, the Richland County Sheriff's Department and SLED expended numerous man-hours and resources, at taxpayer's expense, to facilitate the safe return of this man only to find out that he faked this whole thing to buy drugs."

Christopher Hutto is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center. If convicted, Hutto faces up to 10 years in prison and a $5000.00 fine or both.

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