PD: Prescott man threatens to burn down parents' home in extortion attempt

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Michael W. Hill By Jennifer Thomas Michael W. Hill By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A Prescott man was arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from his parents.

Prescott police said Michael W. Hill, 41, threatened to physically hurt his parents and burn down their house if they didn't pay him $2,000 so he could leave town.

Hill intimidated them with threats over the phone and in person, according to Lt. Ken Morley.

Hill's parents told police that he has an extensive history with law enforcement and they believed he was capable and willing to carry out his threats.

Hill served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections in 2010.

Morley said Hill's parents filed for an order of protection on Wednesday in an attempt to stop the threats.

Police located Hill and took him into custody Wednesday night. He was booked into Yavapai County Jail in Prescott for felony extortion, threats and intimidation per domestic violence, and use of telephone to threaten and harass per domestic violence.