FRCC Staff Foils Extortionist’s Plan

 Written by Front Page Staff

Westminster Police and FRCC Campus Security are seeking information that could lead to the suspect in an apparent kidnapping scam phoned in to an employee’s desk on Jan. 13.

The staff member received a phone call that afternoon from the telephone number 528-1256-66630 — originating in Mexico — from a caller who identified himself only as Ramon and told the staff member that he had kidnapped her daughter, according to a public service announcement issued Jan. 14 by the Department of Campus Security and Preparedness.

The staff member was able to reach her daughter and ensure her safety as the would-be extortionist attempted to compel the staffer to reveal her location and bring him money outside the building. 

Law enforcement officials have found no further developments, nor have they identified a suspect, in the Jan. 13 case, Campus Security and Preparedness Director Gordon F. Goldsmith stated in a Jan. 21 email. 

The Jan. 13 incident appears to be an isolated incident, Goldsmith stated in his email. “This is the first incident of this nature that we are aware of,” he stated.

Anyone receiving a call like the one in the Jan. 13 incident is asked to take note of the telephone number and any information that might help identify the suspect. Also people with information about the Jan. 13 case are asked to call Westminster Police at (303) 658-4360 and Campus Security at (303) 404-5411.

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