Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - Kershaw County deputies have arrested a man they say faked his own kidnapping to get money from his mother.
Officers have taken 30-year-old Christopher Hutto of Elgin into custody and have charged him with extortion.
Deputies say on Thursday night, Hutto's mother contacted officers saying her son Christopher had been kidnapped. She said she'd received text messages saying her son had been badly beaten and was near death.
According to the messages, which officers say originated from her son's phone, he had been dropped off in the woods at an unknown location.
Deputies said the text messages also said that for $100, the "kidnapper" would tell her where her son was. The woman said she responded to the text by saying she didn't have enough money, but that she could pay $60 for information.
Officers say they set up a drop site for the money and surrounded the location. They said they then saw Hutto run from the drop site, and they, along with Richland County deputies, caught him a short time later.
Officers say Hutto orchestrated the whole event so he could get money to buy crack cocaine.
Her is currently being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center.