Alex Rodriguez's 'nephew' held for ransom over a Lamborghini car sale in New York
Susini claimed to be Rodriguez's nephew, but a spokesperson for the former Yankees player said that Susini is not a blood relative
According to reports by NBC New York, Norberto Susini, who claimed to be Alex Rodriguez's 'nephew', was kidnapped and held for ransom over a botched car deal in New York City.
Susini was apparently with a friend of his, who was trying to sell a Lamborghini to two men, the report suggests. Susini sells exotic cars, All the men met up at the Times Square Hotel, but things turned awkward as soon as money was exchanged between them.
But the matter of being related to Alex Rodriguez was cleared out later when The New York Post, stated in a report that Susini claimed to be Rodriguez's nephew, but a spokesperson for the former Yankees player said that Susini is not a blood relative of Rodriguez, and that he is the son of Rodriguez’s half-brother Joe’s late girlfriend.
“This guy is 100 percent not Alex’s relative,” a spokesman for the baseball player told the publication.
The two men, identified as Lamin Vucetovic, 33, and Anthony Gilkes, 30, drove Susini to the Marriott Marquis, but later demanded to be paid a $35,000 deposit. When Susini refused, they held him captive in the room against his will.
According to the police reports, Vucetovic and Gilkes then proceeded to call Susini's business associates and declared that they would let him go in exchange for the deposit which they had asked for. Moreover, they wanted both the money and the car in return for Susini's life and safety.
Instead of arranging for the money, Susini's business associates thought it best to call the police and get them involved in such a serious matter.
As per police records, the duo was arrested at the hotel at 3:50 am on Thursday, and were charged with unlawful imprisonment along with a kidnapping charge. Although Susini wasn't hurt in any manner throughout the ordeal, the two men are still scheduled to appear in court in lieu of their crimes on Thursday, April 19.