Two jailed in extortion case
Two persons have been arrested in an extortion case in Okmulgee.
Dominic Lynch Lee Waterdown, 24 of Okmulgee and Sandra Kathleen Howard, 22, were arrested Monday following an investigation between the Morris Police Department, Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, Okmulgee Police Department and District 25 Drug and Violent Task Force.
Court documents state a Morris man had been contacted by the two suspects who threatened to do harm to his family if they didn’t receive a certain amount of money.
The man reported the threat to authorities and an exchange was set up to deliver the ransom.
The money was delivered as requested and Waterdown and Howard made the pickup at the arranged location. They were arrested a short time later and taken into custody.
During the course of interviews, Waterdown originally identified himself as Dominic Wayne Morgan. However, it was determined that he gave misinformation because of a felony warrant for his arrest.
Waterdown is being held on complaints of Extortion, Conspiracy to Commit Felony, and False Personation to Avoid Prosecution. His bond is set at $75,000. He is also being held on a $50,000 bond from Creek County.
During an interview with Howard, it was determined she had met with the victim on Nov. 24 at a local shopping center. On that occasion, she had taken money from the victim.
Due to there being two separate incidents, Howard is being held on two complaints of Conspiracy to Commit Extortion and one count of Extortion. Her bond is set at $75,000.
Both suspects will make an initial appearance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 before Judge Pandee Ramirez. Howard has a status hearing on another case on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.