Philadelphia, Apr 6 (IBNS) A 27-year-old woman named Grace Marie Perez-Jimenez of Reading, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on Friday to 28.5 years in prison for kidnapping a 14-year-old child for ransom over a drug debt.
In 2011, Perez sold crack cocaine to a Reading resident. On November 3, 2011, after the drug customer failed to pay her $500, Perez abducted the customer's 14-year-old child as the child walked home from school in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Inside the car, Perez physically assaulted the 14-year-old victim, threatening to kill the child by saying, for example, "You see this right here [referring to the gun], if I don't get my money you may not be going home to mom."
The victim was then blindfolded and handcuffed to a chair. Reading Police assisted the kidnapping victim's mother to arrange a ransom drop. Perez's co-defendant, Samantha Conrad, was captured on a video recording retrieving the first drop of pre-recorded ransom money.
After the first $500 ransom payment, Perez drove to Philadelphia, along with the minor child, in Perez's gold Mitsubishi and used the $500 to buy PCP to later sell in Reading. Perez demanded more money, and a second ransom drop was placed in the mailbox of Perez's mother.