Springdale police arrested a man accused of trying to collect money from the mother of a teenager who has been missing since last week.
Reina Marroquin, 13, was found safe Tuesday. She was reported as a missing runaway Thursday.
Luis Tomas Ramirez called Marroquin’s mother over the weekend and threatened she would never see her daughter again if she didn’t pay up, according to a police report.
Ramirez claimed to know Marroquin's whereabouts and tried to extort money in exchange for information, police said.
The suspect repeated the threat when he showed up at the mother’s door with some of Marroquin’s clothing items, a police report reads.
Police saidTomas-Ramierz admitted to taking Marroquin out for a drink after she was reported missing, but he then dropped her off at home.
Ramierz and Marroquin live in the same apartment complex.
Tomas-Ramirez was charged extortion, criminal child enticement and interference with custody.
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