Lawyers: Weird Kidnapping Was Real, Horrific
And an email sent to the 'Chronicle' deepens the mystery
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2015 1:51 AM CDT
Updated Mar 27, 2015 7:10 AM CDT
A news crew reports on the alleged abduction of Denise Huskins in front of the home she was said to have been taken from in Vallejo, Calif., earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Vallejo Times-Herald, Chris Riley)
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(Newser) – The strange kidnapping of Denise Huskins was a real—and horrific—crime, not a joke or the hoax police now say it is, according to lawyers for Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn. Quinn's lawyer tells NBC Bay Area that the reason his client took almost 12 hours to report the alleged abduction was because he had been tied up and drugged. He says Quinn cooperated fully with police and was interrogated for 17 hours. "He provided fingerprints and clothes, and also signed a voluntary consent to search his residence," the lawyer says. "He has basically died and gone to hell. He is in terrible shape, physically and mentally." The lawyer tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Quinn didn't pay the $8,500 ransom he says the kidnappers demanded.

Huskins' lawyer tells the Chronicle that she is as "innocent as they come" and police "could have not gotten it more backwards." "She is simply a victim. Now she is being more victimized" by suspicious police, he says. "She's been through a horrific, horrific ordeal. No human beings should have to endure what she went through." Police have described the alleged kidnapping, which the couple says involved more than one person, as an "orchestrated" event that sent them on a "wild goose chase" and could result in charges. Deepening the mystery, the Chronicle says it has received an email from somebody who claims to be one of the kidnappers and wants to clear Huskins' name.