Police say the 35-year-old victim met 30-year-old Rudy Santana for drinks in New York City over the weekend. She was then held by Santana at his home.
The suspect reportedly contacted the woman's 62-year-old mother, who lives in New Hyde Park, demanding a ransom for her release. Authorities say the mother sent $200 in money grams on Monday and Tuesday.
When Santana then asked for $2,000, the mother called police. The victim was recovered, unharmed, and Santana was arrested.
He is facing grand larceny charges.
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