NOTE: IT’S THE SAME COP THAT KIDNAPPED A FEDERALJACK.COM REPORTER! (See Below)
Miami New Times
April 5, 2010
Richard Anastasi, who served as a Miami Beach Police officer until last December, kidnapped a Russian national last week, tortured him with threats of violence and tried to extort $100,000 from his family, federal prosecutors say.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Anastasi, who is 47, and an accomplice, 42-year old Francisco Arias, were charged this afternoon with taking a hostage with the purpose of obtaining a ransom.
Both men have admitted to tormenting the victim, prosecutors say. Anastasi claimed he was trying to use “police techniques” to recoup money he’d lost to the man in an identity theft scheme.
The victim, an unnamed Russian man, went to an apartment building on West Ave. where he believed a package was waiting for him.
FOR THE BACK STORY ON HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE ATTACK ON A FEDERALJACK REPORTER WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW: