Blackmail suspect arrested in sting at South Jordan Rec Center

Posted at 11:19 AM, Aug 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-06 13:19:30-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A suspect accused of blackmail was arrested at the South Jordan Rec Center Monday.

According to a press release, police arrested a man named Kenny McClellan during a staged money drop-off.

Officers said it all began in March, when a victim received a letter ordering the victim to obtain $10,000 in cash, and deliver it to a location later to be determined. The letter also said if the victim did not deliver the money, information regarding the victim’s business dealings would be released. According to officers, the letter went on to instruct the victim to text a cell phone number when the cash was obtained, and the delivery date would be August 5, 2013.

Officers said they text the phone number provided in the letter on Monday, and were instructed to put the cash into a backpack located in a specific locker at the South Jordan Rec Center. Police said around 9 p.m. they saw McClellan unlock the locker and start to take out the backpack. Officers then made the arrest, and took him to the South Jordan police station for questioning.

Officers said McClellan admitted to following the victim home and putting the letter in the victim’s mailbox. They said he also admitted that he had written the letter, and that he was trying to blackmail the victim.