HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - A 15-year-old boy may face charges after attempting to extort money from the owner of a stolen cell phone, police said.
The incident happened around 1:40 p.m. Sept. 9 in Hastings, according to the Hastings Police Department. An 18-year-old male had set his cellphone aside as he had his senior photos taken, but someone else picked it up.
The senior had his mother call his cellphone and ask the person who picked it up to return it.
The person who answered the phone told the mother, "Give me $25 and I'll give you the cellphone back or I'll throw the f***er in the river!" according to a police news release. The mother hung up.
The suspect then called back, demanding to know about his money. The mother told the suspect that she couldn't find him, at which point he described himself to her, saying he was wearing a green shirt and had long, frizzy hair.
"You better get here with my money," the suspect allegedly told the mother, according to the release. "Me and my goons are waiting."
He then told her where he was located.
Officers arrived at the suspect's self-proclaimed location to find him sans "goons." They returned the phone to its owner.
The case has been turned over to the probate court, police said, and the 15-year-old could now face criminal charges.
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