Police: Kidnapping story was a lie

October 12, 2009 8:34:03 AM PDT
Police in Connecticut say a family fabricated a story claiming that it rescued three immigrant relatives from a kidnapper when a fight broke out. The story became known after the melee involving nearly 20 people in a Greenwich shopping center parking lot Aug. 2. Police said then that it involved human smuggling.

The family members, who live 90 miles away in Willimantic, told authorities their relatives were kidnapped in Texas, and they went to pay ransom for them.

But police documents obtained by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers show authorities later learned the fight erupted after a driver asked the family for an extra $60 per person to bring the three illegal immigrants to Willimantic.

The immigrants and the driver have been deported to Mexico and Guatemala.

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