Connecticut police say a man who placed a 3-foot alligator on top of a man in an extortion attempt has been arrested.
Isaias Garcia, of Garland, Texas, was held on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including kidnapping and threatening.
Authorities say a 21-year-old man called his aunt April 6 to say he had been kidnapped and his 30-year-old abductor was demanding $800.
'Titi, I was wondering if you were gonna send that money, 'cause I really want to go home,' police said that the man told his aunt, according to the CT Post.
The aunt contacted police who told her to demand proof her nephew was OK.
Isaias Garcia, 30, was arrested at a Shelton, Connecticut, Residence Inn after he sent a photo to a 21-year-old victim's aunt of him tied in a tub with a 3-foot alligator on his back
When police wanted to confirm that Garcia (pictured) had abducted the man, the suspect was said to have sent a photo of the man in the bathtub with the gator
'I want to make sure you're still good,' the aunt was said to have said to her nephew.
Police claim she received a photograph of her nephew face down in a bathtub, the open-mouthed alligator on top of him.
'Titi, man, they got this alligator on me and they saying that if no money is given, they are gonna have him chewing on me,' the victim declared to his aunt in a follow-up call.
Bridgeport and Shelton police traced the suspect's phone to a Shelton Residence Inn hotel.
Conneticut's Department of Environmental Protection acquired the alligator (stock) and arrested Garcia, charging him with
The phone had been used to order takeout from a Chinese restaurant in Stratford and calls to the eatery yielded the hotel room number.
Upon getting to the hotel, authorities only found that Garcia's girlfriend and the alligator were there.
Conneticut's Department of Environmental Protection acquired the alligator and Garcia's girlfriend told authorities that he would be back soon.
Police waited for Garcia to return, and when he pulled into the parking lot, the victim was sitting in the passenger seat.
A large hunting knife was found on Garcia when he was arrested and the victim was said to have a burn on his face and one on his right forearm.
Garcia had used a barbecue lighter after tying the victim up.
The suspect was charged with first-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree larceny by extortion, unlawful restraint, third-degree assault and threatening.
Online judicial court records did not list an attorney for Garcia.
He was previously convicted in Texas for aggravated robbery.