A Pagan biker gang kidnapped him, the businessman claimed. The FBI didn’t buy it.

By Samantha Schmidt | The Washington Post

When Larry Price Jr.’s wife reported him missing in the early morning hours of April 18, the disappearance set off a massive search. Helicopters, canine teams and investigators at the state and federal level scoured the state of Virginia for Price, a 38-year-old Bluefield businessman with ties to the coal, restaurant and motorcycle industries.

It didn’t take long to find him. That same night, a driver spotted Price on the side of the road near Gratton, Virginia. When he was taken to the hospital and interviewed by a detective, Price told a terrifying tale of an abduction at gunpoint, according to an FBI affidavit. Two strangers, Price claimed, kidnapped him, held him against his will and stole his keys and 9mm pistol before tossing him out of a van and onto the street where he was found.

FBI agents expressed skepticism, in part because there seemed to be nothing to corroborate the story.

So they questioned him again. This time he came up with a new story, according to the affidavit. Price said the dramatic abduction actually stemmed from his relationship with members of a Pagan motorcycle gang, who drugged and kidnapped him.

Price’s stories didn’t add up, the FBI felt. Weeks later, federal agents would uncover what they say is the truth: the kidnapping was a lie. “Price was, in fact, consensually with another person during the time period he claimed to be kidnapped,” federal authorities said Tuesday. He had run off with his mistress, and was staying with her the day he went missing.

Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond.
Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter.

Price was taken into federal custody in Virginia last week and charged with “knowingly and willfully” making false statements to authorities. He remains in custody in lieu of a $500,000 bond. His lawyers did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Washington Post. Price has not filed a plea.

The arrest attracted interest on the opposite end of the country. Price, it turns out, owns the largest house ever built in Billings, Montana, a 10-bedroom, three-story mansion and property with a market value of $10.5 million, the Billings Gazette reported, citing the Montana Department of Revenue. The sprawling, 26,000 square-foot house resembles a castle and includes 15 full bathrooms, a $43,000 home theater, an indoor shooting range, two …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World

(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *