Jury indicts suspect in California kidnapping first thought as hoax

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Jury Indicts Suspect in Kidnapping First Thought of as Hoax


A California kidnapping suspect has been indicted by a grand jury and could get up to life in prison.
Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well, this one was a little bizarre.

That's because, when Aaron Quinn initially reported his girlfriend Denise Huskins was kidnapped in March, Vallejo police thought it was a hoax.

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"The statement that Mr. Quinn provided was such an incredible story we initially had a hard time believing it," said Lt. Kenny Park of the Vallejo Police Department.

Quinn claimed a man broke into their home, drugged them and then took Huskins.

KTLA reported that as many as 40 detectives worked to find Huskins when she disappeared -- but then she reappeared 48 hours later at her parents home and retained a lawyer before talking to police.

"If you can imagine devoting all of our resources 24 hours a day ... on what I would classify as a wild goose chase, it's a tremendous loss," Park told KTLA.

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Jury indicts suspect in California kidnapping first thought as hoax
This June 2015 booking photo released by the Dublin, Calif., Police Department, shows Matthew Muller after he was arrested on robbery and assault charges. On Monday, July 13, 2015, Muller was named as a suspect in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman from Vallejo in March of 2015 that police originally believed was a hoax. (Dublin Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the Vallejo Police Department shows Denise Huskins. Police say Huskins, who was reported kidnapped from her boyfriend's San Francisco Bay area home and held for ransom, has contacted her father to say she's in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach. (AP Photo/Vallejo Police Department)
Members of the media gather at a location where a missing woman was found safe in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Denise Huskins whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California home, police said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Members of the media gather Thursday, March 26, 2015, outside the apartment of Mike Huskins, father of Denise Huskins, where the woman reported missing Monday from Vallejo, Calif., was found safe Wednesday in Huntington Beach, Calif. Denise Huskins' boyfriend had reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom. Police said late Wednesday that Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn concocted her reported abduction that spurred a two-day search. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
Members of the media gather Thursday, March 26, 2015, outside the apartment of Mike Huskins, father of Denise Huskins, where Denise Huskins, reported missing Monday from Vallejo, Calif., was found safe Wednesday in Huntington Beach, Calif. Denise Huskins' boyfriend had reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom. Police said late Wednesday that Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn concocted her reported abduction that spurred a two-day search. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
A police officer stands at the location where a missing woman was found in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Denise Huskins whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California home, police said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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Quinn's attorney insisted it wasn't a hoax, and that Quinn and Huskins were drugged.

According to the Los Angeles Times, it wasn't until police were investigating another incident in Dublin, California, in July that the 38 year-old Matthew Muller came to their attention as a suspect.

Details of the other robbery and kidnapping turned out to be remarkably similar to Quinn and Huskins' ordeal. A cellphone left at the Dublin scene eventually led them to Muller.

According to KOVR, Muller is a former U.S. Marine and lawyer who also attended and taught at Harvard. He was disbarred in 2015. He's scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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