Bridgeview, Illinois – Son fakes his kidnapping and ransom to force his mother to pay off his gambling debts


Posted on the 12th of February 2016

Bridgeview, Illinois – Son fakes his kidnapping and ransom to force his mother to pay off his gambling debts

Joseph Vicario, 25, of Bridgeview, and his two accomplices, girlfriend Amanda Woods, 21, of Oak Lawn, and Shane Ablan, 26, of Chicago Ridge, have each been charged with felony disorderly conduct after faking a kidnapping to force Vicario’s mother to pay thousands of dollars in ransom money. On Friday the 5th of February, Mrs. Vicario told police that her son, Joseph Vicario left the house, (where he lives with his mother), a few hours ago with his girlfriend, Amanda Woods. Then shortly afterwards, Woods telephoned Mrs. Vicario and told her that she and her son have been kidnapped, and that the kidnappers wanted $3,000. During the phone call, Mrs. Vicario could hear her son in the background being beaten, and crying out, “Don’t hit me. Don’t hit me”. Throughout the evening, Mrs. Vicario received numerous text messages from her son’s cell phone, and the ransom increased from $3,000 to $4,000. Mrs. Vicario agreed to pay the money, but also contacted the police department who traced her son’s cell phone. The pings showed her son’s car, a 2013 white Mazda as traveling between Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge. Oak Lawn police stopped Woods’ car near 95th Street and Melvina Avenue. Amanda Woods was in the driver’s seat, Joseph Vicario was sitting next to her, and Shane Ablan was sitting in the back seat. Joseph Vicario confessed to masterminding the kidnapping, while his girlfriend and male friend agreed to help. It was all a plot to extort money to pay off gambling debts. All three were arrested on Saturday the 6th of February, and charged with felony disorderly conduct.

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