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Three Charged in Kidnapping Hoax

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A runaway teen is charged with extortion, a 20-year felony.

15-year-old Marissa Bolles left her home on July 8th and police believed she was in serious danger.

The Ingham County Sheriff's Department quickly put together a task force with Michigan State Police and the FBI.

They put all of their resources to work trying to find the teen, until they realized it was a hoax.

Now those involved are facing serious consequences.

It was a scary situation, a teenage girl, missing for 4 days and a demand for $5,000 ransom.

Gene Wrigglesworth, Ingham County Sheriff: "It is strange, I mean, I've seen a lot of strange cases but in terms of this type of a case, certainly is a little different."

A little different because they say the girl, 15-year-old Marissa Bolles, was in on it.@

Wrigglesworth: "I think she was intricately involved and perhaps maybe even in charge."

When police found her here at a mobile home on Kings point Terrace in Lansing Township, she was with two men, Tony Ruiz and Eraclio Martinez Jr.

Both are charged with harboring a runaway.

Martinez also faces extortion charges along with misusing a telephone.

And Boles isn't getting off any easier, she also faces charges of extortion, running away and misuse of a telephone.

Wrigglesworth: "I'm not sure they understood the gravity of this initially. I think reality set in pretty quick when they stated putting handcuff on em."

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says after reviewing the case, the charges were a no-brainer.

Dunnings: "Its never a joke when you say that a child has been abducted or a child has been kidnapped- how can that possibly be any kind of joke?"

And he says Marissa's age is no excuse.

Dunnings: "Its unfortunate that a good butt whooping isn't one of the possible penalties."

Wrigglesworth: "We have better things to do with our time than you know-- chasing rainbows. We had a lot of resources and I couldn't calculate the amount of money we had into this."

Money and time, they didn't need to spend.

Martinez and Ruiz are both in the Ingham County Jail.

Bond was set at $75,000 for Martinez and $50,000 for Ruiz.

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