Suspect in own kidnapping pleads guilty
EAGLE” A man who allegedly faked his own kidnapping pled guilty to felony menacing Monday even though he said he doesn’t think he’s guilty of the charge.
Michael Moore, 35, told Judge Richard Hart he’d rather face one count of menacing, which could send him to jail for one to three years, than take his chances with a jury trial. Pleading guilty to menacing also ensures Moore the dismissal of robbery, aggravated assault, theft, false reporting and false imprisonment charges.
In May, Moore, a painter who used to work for Trapper’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, claimed he was kidnapped at gunpoint by two men who forced their way into his East Vail home when he opened the door.
Moore said the kidnappers forced him to tie up his wife with duct tape and take her credit cards. He said they also forced him to drive his own car to 1st Bank in Vail Village where he was videotaped withdrawing $400 from an ATM.
Moore later told police he escaped in Denver when he realized the kidnappers were wielding BB guns, and spent the night in the city.
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But police believe the night after the incident at his home, Moore partied with friends in Beaver Creek, never mentioning he was supposed to be missing. He was arrested the day after that at a friend’s home in Avon.
Moore’s alleged accomplice, Michael George Malovic, 48, was also arrested.
Moore’s wife, whose name was not released, filed for divorce a week after the faux kidnapping. Moore is not allowed to contact her, and she is now considered the victim in the case.
Because she wasn’t notified of Moore’s court appearance, his sentencing was postponed Monday to 1:30 p.m., March 20 at the Eagle County courthouse.
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