Filipino booked for kidnapping charges in Las Vegas

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Mar 20 2014 11:50 AM | Updated as of Mar 20 2014 07:50 PM

NEVADA – A 59-year-old Filipino was arrested in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood on charges of alleged first degree kidnapping, coercion, and extortion.

Gary Casupang was nabbed by Metro Police on March 12.

His alleged victims are 23-year-old Hannah Borkert and her 11-month baby.

The arrest report indicates that Casupang, Borkert and her baby were driving to an unknown location to buy heroin. Borkert, however, claimed to officers that they were going to buy opana, a pain medication.

Casupang stayed in the car with Borkert's baby while she was buying the drugs.

But Borkert said Casupang became very angry and accused her of flirting with the drug dealer.

Casupang left the scene with Borkert's child. He came back later and pulled a small hand held stun gun and told her that he would taze her.

Borkert was able to run and take her baby from the vehicle. She yelled during the struggle and two homeless people approached and assisted her.

Borkert called her mom to pick them up but once they arrived home they discovered smoke emitting from their house and a neighbor had a water hose attempting to put the fire out.

An arrest report said Casupang and Borkert have been dating for the last 4 months. She stated that she doesn't consider Casupang as her boyfriend because he has been paying her for sex.

Casupang and Borkert also did not live together nor have any children together.

In an interview conducted by the Las Vegas Metro Police, Casupang admitted he brought Borkert with him to pick up drugs twice during the day.

Casupang did not admit to any involvement in the fire that erupted at Borkert's residence. He was arrested for coercion with force or threat.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 31, while a $400,000 bail has been set for one of the 4 charges on Casupang.