Phoenix PD: Two women arrested in extortion case

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Charline Hurtado (L) and Sara Hartwig By Andrew Michalscheck Charline Hurtado (L) and Sara Hartwig By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police said they arrested two women on Wednesday night after they allegedly stole another woman’s identity and threatened her family.

According to police, the victim was getting gas on May 10 when she had several personal items stolen from her vehicle.

Shortly after her belongings were stolen, the woman noticed unauthorized charges on her bank account and fraudulent utility payments.

As the woman was attempting to deal with the issues surrounding her bank account, the suspects began calling her family and threatening death if they did not receive $10,000.

Police said the suspects also called in false police reports about the woman’s family, and even used her identity to have her electricity turned off.

Detectives were eventually able to use phone records to identify Charline Hurtado, 24, and Sara Hartwig, 28, as the suspects in the case.

Police were able to locate and arrest Hurtado and Hartwig on Wednesday, at which time police say they admitted to the their role in the case.

Hurtado and Hartwig are now facing multiple criminal charges, including taking the identity of another and theft by extortion.