The kidnapper demanded $2,000 to release her captive Sunday.
But the woman, Monique Fitzgerald, 22, of Evanston, had actually kidnapped herself, county prosecutors said. Fitzgerald was charged with felony disorderly conduct after police discovered that the threatening text messages she had sent a friend demanding money turned out to be a ruse, and that she had never been in danger.
When Fitzgerald's friend received text messages from her saying she had been kidnapped and would need $2,000 to be released, the friend called the police, who tracked the woman down to a Niles apartment complex, according to court records. There, Fitzgerald admitted to police that she had not been kidnapped or held against her will, but sent the messages to her friend "because of personal issues" the two had, the police report said.
Fitzgerald was brought to the Cook County Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Monday afternoon and released on signature bond with electronic home monitoring required.
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