Wife of hoax suspect files for divorce | VailDaily.com

Wife of hoax suspect files for divorce

Cliff Thompson
Special to the DailyMichael Moore.

EAGLE – The wife of the Vail man who allegedly staged his own kidnapping with two accomplices last week has filed for divorce. The filing comes eight days after the incident in East Vail.”Of course she’s filing for divorce,” said her attorney, Dave Lugert. “This is a swift, understandable and much-needed response to a horrific crime perpetrated against her.”The woman’s name is being withheld because she is the alleged victim of domestic violence.

Vail Police initially reported Moore was abducted at gunpoint by two men who forced their way into his East Vail apartment May 12 after he answered a knock on the door. The abductors allegedly ordered Moore – who told later police he’d taken psychedelic mushrooms earlier in the day – to bind his wife’s hands and ankles with duct tape and then ordered him to produce money. Moore allegedly took his wife’s ATM card and later was video-taped retrieving $400 from an ATM in Vail Village.Police say Moore told his wife to seek a safe place and to wait an hour before calling police, just before he left with the two men. Moore was found in Avon two days later at a friend’s home and arrested last Sunday.

According to the arrest warrant, Moore attended a party in Beaver Creek the night after the incident, when he was still supposedly missing. Witnesses interviewed by police said Moore did not mention being abducted or held at gunpoint. Police also found a receipt for duct tape in a pair of Moore’s pants. An unloaded .22 caliber revolver – matching Moore’s wife’s description of the weapon used in the incident – was found in a backpack in a closet in Moore’s apartment, according to the arrest warrant. Moore is charged with false imprisonment, aggravated robbery, menacing, theft, domestic violence and false reporting to authorities. He posted a $25,000 bond Wednesday and was released from jail, and will next appear in court June 13 at 9 a.m.

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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