Police arrest second suspect accused of posing as an officer
Police arrested the second of two men who they say posed as South Carolina officers in an extortion scheme on July 22.
The suspects first went to a car dealership, where they were given a vehicle for a test drive, the Sheriff’s Office said. Christopher Jason Calhoun, 45, drove that vehicle to pick up the victim and take him to the bank, according to a news release.
Police believe the second suspect, Steven Ray Timmons, 30, stayed at the dealership, where he called the victim and impersonated another officer from South Carolina.
The suspects threatened to arrest the victim if he didn’t wire them $35,000 to an unknown account, the Sheriff’s Office said. No funds were actually transferred.
Calhoun was arrested after the incident. Timmons was recently arrested in South Carolina.
Both men are being charged with felony extortion, felony second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to a news relea.
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