Cops: Pair Concocted Kidnap Scheme to Extort Money

Two people are accused of a phony kidnapping scheme in which they falsely threatened to kill a west suburban man’s granddaughter to extort ransom from him.

Dianna Nolan, 19; and Jakarre Brown, 20, are both charged with felony disorderly conduct, the DuPage County State’s Attorney said in a statement Thursday.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, a Naperville man received a call from a blocked number and the caller told him his granddaughter had been kidnapped, prosecutors said. The caller threatened to kill the girl if the man didn’t pay money.

The man contacted Naperville police, whose investigation led to Nolan and Brown, who were arrested about five hours later, prosecutors said. The granddaughter was found safe at another friend’s house.

“The allegations against Mr. Brown and Ms. Nolan are very serious,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “Attempting to extort money by allegedly threatening the murder of a loved one is not only unlawful, it is a cruel and heartless thing to do.”

Nolan, of the 2000 block of Ogden Avenue in Lisle; and Brown, of the 1600 block of 21st Avenue in Maywood, were ordered held on $50,000 bond each at a hearing Thursday, authorities said.

Nolan will next appear in court Saturday, while Brown will appear Tuesday, authorities said.

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