Man arrested for alleged blackmail of Janatková family

17-11-2010

A 31-year-old man in Ostrava has been arrested by police for allegedly trying to blackmail the family of nine-year-old Anna Janatková; she went missing in Prague on October 13th, sparking an intense nationwide search. The man responded to the family’s offer of a 3.5 million crown reward for any information leading to her whereabouts, threatening to harm the child unless he received the funds. He is reportedly not the only imposter to try and take advantage of the family’s situation. Others have called lines provided by a number of commercial broadcasters making false claims. If found guilty the Ostrava man could face between six months to four years in prison.

One person, a 41-year-old man suspected of having a hand in Anna Janatková’s disappearance, was charged earlier. Sources report, however, that the police have so far not found direct evidence.