Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014. 10:22 pm CST.
Saturday, December 13, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: A police officer working in San Pedro town is in hot water … accused of extorting hundreds of dollars from a local businessman.
Constable John Arana was busted on Friday morning, as he emerged from the Mamacita Entertainment Bar on Angel Coral Drive.
The story is that the businessman reportedly owes a local supermarket and PC Arana allegedly offered to “make it all go away” is the businessman would pay him.
At the time PC Arana allegedly initiated the extortion, the businessman said he asked for $200 and offered to return later for an additional $1,000.
But when PC Arana showed up for the rest of the money, the businessman had already pre-marked ten $50 bills.
The businessman told PC Arana that the five hundred dollars was all he had.
PC Arana reportedly took the marked bills and put them in his wallet and walked out of the bar and right into the waiting arms of his colleagues, who had been tipped off of an extortion in progress.
When PC Arana was searched, police found the marked bills, just as the businessman had reported.
Constable Arana was then arrested and charged for the crime of extortion.
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