June 16, 2010

Asshat Couple Kidnaps Themselves In Plot To Shake Down Parents For $400

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Long Island, New York (The Weekly Vice) - Mastic Beach couple Stephanie Benatatos, 21, and Zifiris (John) Valsamis, 24, were jailed Monday after they allegedly held themselves hostage for a mere $400.

According to Suffolk County police, 911 received a call from Kim Benatatos around 5:30 p.m. stating that her daughter and daughter's boyfriend had been kidnapped by two armed men in a black S.U.V.

Soon after the initial call, Valsamis called his girlfriend's mother and stated that he was freed, but her daughter was still being held until his $400 drug debt was paid. Police soon realized the stories didn't add up, and continued to interview Valsamis until he eventually gave in and admitted that the entire situation was a scam. Ms. Benatatos was brought in for questioning, and both were arrested.

Valsamis and Benatatos pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted grand larceny and conspiracy. Benatatos was charged with an additional count of second-degree burglary, for allegedly stealing cash from her mother's home earlier in the week. Valsamis' bail was set at $100,000 and Benatatos' bail was set at $25,000.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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