Arizona police arrested a man Wednesday who allegedly plotted with others to kidnap his car dealership boss’ 12-year-old son and hold him for a $2million ransom.
Mesa Police Department said Lance Rohrer, 59, was tracked by an undercover detective who infiltrated the scheme.
The investigation first began on July 27 when police said they were contacted about a case involving kidnapping.
According to the Mesa Police report, detectives obtained ‘numerous audio recordings of Rohrer speaking to another person actively planning the abduction’.
Rohrer also met with the undercover cop and began ‘making plans’.
Rohrer allegedly said that he would kill the boy if he didn’t receive the ransom money as planned.
‘Rohrer was heard multiple times talking about killing the kid and being okay with it if the abduction plans did not work,’ cops claimed.
Two other suspects were arrested Wednesday as part of the kidnapping plot but have not yet been identified.
The undercover detective discovered that the suspect had three burner phones ready and was planning the logistics for the extortion of the boy’s parents after the kidnapping.
The plan was to keep the boy in a cheap motel, WFTV 9 reported, as he pushed his employer for the money.
He even told the cop the boy’s name and possible address, according to AZFamily.
Rohrer was taken into custody accused of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit theft by extortion.
All the charges are felonies.
His next court appearance is scheduled for September 1.
According to Maricopa Public Records, Rohrer was previously arrested in June 2017 on a charge of possession of dangerous drugs for sale.