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updated: 6/19/2014 9:29 PM

Two accused of lying about kidnapping friend

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  • Jakarre Brown

      Jakarre Brown

  • Deanna Nolan

      Deanna Nolan


Two people are facing disorderly conduct charges after authorities say they lied about holding a friend for ransom in an attempt to get money from her grandfather.

DuPage County prosecutors said Deanna Nolan, 19, of the 2000 block of Ogden Avenue, Lisle, and Jakarre Brown, 20, of the 1600 block of 21st Avenue, Maywood, were behind the false kidnapping report.

A Naperville man received a phone call from a blocked phone number about 5 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. The caller said the man's granddaughter had been kidnapped and would be killed if he did not meet demands for money.

The man called police, whose investigation led them to Nolan and Brown; the pair were taken into custody about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

The man's granddaughter was found safe at a friend's house.

"The allegations against Mr. Brown and Ms. Nolan are very serious," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. "Attempting to extort money by allegedly threatening the murder of a loved one is not only unlawful, it is a cruel and heartless thing to do."

Nolan and Brown were each charged with one count of disorderly conduct. During a Thursday morning court appearance, bond was set at $50,000.

Nolan was charged last July with robbing a man of his iPhone at a Lisle park.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 21. Brown is due in court June 24.

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