Kidnapping, Ransom Plot Foiled: FBI

Lee Arthur Bradley plotted to force a woman's husband to repay a debt, the FBI said

By Michelle Wayland
|  Saturday, Jun 12, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Kidnapping, Ransom Plot Foiled: FBI

Handcuffs.

An Escondido man is accused of plotting with an undercover agent to kidnap a woman and force her husband to repay a debt by ransoming her, the FBI said.

Lee Arthur Bradley, 29, is charged with attempted kidnapping in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, according to FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth.

“Bradley met with a law enforcement source and proposed a plan to kidnap the wife an individual who allegedly owed a debt to Bradley,” Foxworth said.

The plan involved having the undercover agent pose as a police officer and pretend to arrest the woman.

“Afterwards, Bradley planned to transport the victim to Tijuana, Mexico and release the victim in exchange for a $100,000 ransom,” Foxworth said.

Bradley was arrested Tuesday near West Ninth Avenue in Escondido, before he could carry out the plot.

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