Oconee man arrested, charged in his own kidnapping

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has reported that Detrick Fernandez Favors, 41, was arrested Tuesday and charged in connection with his own kidnapping last year.

According to OCSO Chief Deputy Lee Weems, Favors was arrested on Aug. 19, 2014 by a Georgia State Patrolman in Athens on a warrant after it was learned he was in Athens trying to renew his driver’s license.

Favors is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft by extortion and making a false statement. In November last year after the alleged kidnapping, Favors gave an interview to AthensOnline detailing his fear during what he claimed was nine hours of captivity.

The alleged kidnappers were arrested when they went to collect the ransom money. According to a post on OCSO’s Facebook page, several others have already been convicted in this crime. Weems said the Grand Jury was convened after the kidnapping and a bench warrant was issued for Favors last week. It is alleged that the kidnapping was an attempt to collect ransom money and split it. The victim, Weems said, was Favors own girlfriend. He said the original ransom asked for was $80,000 and it was then upped to $100,000.

The girlfriend, however, is supporting Favors..

“She gave an interview to Athens Banner Herald and said she is and I have no reason to doubt that,” Weems said.

In the story in the Athens Banner Herald, Favor’s girlfriend said she didn’t believe he would ever try to extort money from her.

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