Police: Man arrested after hostage hoax, attempted robbery

Published: Aug. 11, 2016 at 7:21 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2016 at 7:40 PM CDT
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GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A Gretna man faces aggravated battery and aggravated kidnapping charges after an alleged kidnapping and robbery plot backfired.

In April, Gretna police officers and the Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies were called to the 500 block of Fairfield Ave. about a woman being held hostage at a residence.

Investigators learned someone kidnapped a man and said his wife was being held hostage. The suspect, Corey Douglas, 42, demanded the victim take him to the bank and withdraw $10,000.

When the two arrived at the bank, a teller told the man he would have to go inside the bank to complete the transaction.

Douglas told the victim he would wait nearby and reminded the man his wife was being held hostage, according to police. Once the victim went inside the bank, he informed workers that he was being held captive. They called the police.

When police arrived, Douglas ran away. Officers learned the wife was never held against her will. Douglas was later identified as the suspect. Police executed a search warrant on Douglas' residence in the 1200 block of Aberdeen Dr. DNA evidence was taken from the location and results were returned Wednesday.

Officers arrested Douglas, who was already in jail on a parole violation.

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