Man accused of faking kidnapping for ransom money

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A son sits in jail tonight accused of trying to scam his mother out of hundreds of dollars.

32-year-old Thomas Jason Bowling was arrested Monday after trying to convince his mom that his life was in danger and her money was the only thing that could save him.

"Shortly before six last night we received a call from the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department regarding a possible kidnapping", says Lt. Ron Compton with the Lexington Police Department.

Police say Bowling called his mother, Loretta Holley, at her workplace asking her for ransom money.

"He said he needed $1,400 dollars for the ransom for the kidnapping or he'd be assaulted by the people who kidnapped him. He had made numerous calls to his mother throughout the day and even had two other people, I believe his wife and a male juvenile, call her", says Lt. Compton.

His mom then turned for help. Both the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police Department got involved.

"The officers set up a meeting with the alleged victim of the kidnapping", says Lt. Compton.

Police arrested Bowling on Monday at a Lexington Thornton's gas station after being suspicious of his story. He showed up to pick up his ransom money and was arrested.

the mother of Thomas Bowling didn't want to appear on camera, only telling 27 NewsFirst the situation is over and done with.

Bowling is now behind bars at the Fayette County Detention Center.

"We did determine he had made the story up and fabricated the kidnapping in order to extort money from his mother", says Lt. Compton.

Along with the theft by extortion charge, Bowling is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He will appear back in court in July.

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