If you're lucky, when you're a kid your grandma sends you cards on your birthday with cash inside. Sometimes it's not much cash, as inflation and grandmas don't always see eye-to-eye, but, as they say, it's the thought that counts.
Something tells me 22-year-old Tevan T. Williams, of Spokane, won't be receiving cards in the mail from his grandma anytime soon.
, Williams and an accomplice, 22-year-old Riley D. Hull, were arrested on the Fourth of July for allegedly trying to extort $500 from Williams' grandma. Court documents cited in the story suggest the two not-so-sharp extorters allegedly sent text messages to the 61-year-old grandma claiming Williams would be murdered if she didn't agree to hand over the money.
From the Spokesman Review:
Tevan T. Williams and his alleged accomplice, Riley D. Hull, 22, were arrested Wednesday after Williams' grandmother said she'd received text messages from a stranger "saying Tevan was being held against his will and would not be released until she paid a ransom," according to court documents.
The 61-year-old woman had been contacted at her north Spokane home on Monday by an unknown man who said Williams owed him money and he planned to rob the home if he didn't get his cash, police say.
The woman said she continued receiving text messages Wednesday saying her grandson would be killed if she didn't pay $500.
This grandma was no dummy, however. According to Cuniff's account the Williams' grandma agreed to meet the text-messaging extorter at a Spokane restaurant, and also contacted local police, believing her grandson may have been in "grave danger." Police quickly traced the text messages to a phone belonging to Hull, and apprehended him and Williams near the restaurant where the meeting was to take place.
According to the Spokesman Review, Williams and Hull were both ordered to stay in jail on $7,500 bond after making an appearance in Spokane County Superior Court last Thursday on a first-degree extortion charge.