Pair held in $2.5 million extortion attempt
Charges include kidnapping and assault of 59-year-old woman.
Two men were arrested Monday after police said they kidnapped a West Palm Beach woman and tried to extort $2.5 million from her Palm Beach bank account. The two men, Mustafa Gencoglanoglu, 45, of West Palm Beach and Murat Ekdi, 38, of Tampa, were arrested on several felony charges, including robbery, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and extortion.
The victim, a 59-year-old woman who told police she has known Gencoglanoglu for about a year, said Gencoglanoglu asked her to drive him to the Mangonia Park Train Station in West Palm Beach on Monday, according to a sworn affidavit. When they arrived at the station, Gencoglanoglu shocked the woman with a Taser several times on the arm, neck and head, according to the affidavit, stopping her from leaving the car. Gencoglanoglu then covered the woman’s face and drove to an empty house in West Palm Beach that he had rented using Airbnb, police said.