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Extortion suspects arrested after getting a hold of an explicit video tape

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Two suspects were arrested for attempted extortion, after getting a hold of a tape containing "explicit images".

Police say it all started with a burglary in Kennewick back in February 2008. The explicit tape was stolen during the burglary. Then, in July 2010, the victim received a letter, apparently from the burglars.

The letter demanded a large sum of money and in exchange, the suspects would NOT distribute the video over the internet and to local businesses. The suspects directed the victim to leave the money under a specific rock along the Columbia River.

The victim reported the incident to police. They then wrote a letter to the suspects saying they would not leave the money under a rock, instead would meet at a local business and make the exchange in person.

Police say on September 9th, they watched (via surveillance video) a woman identified as Melody Swett, 54, meet up with the victim. She exchanged a plastic bag with a video in it for a bag she thought contained the cash.

Swett was arrested and taken into custody. Also arrested was 42 year old Scott Sylvester, her alleged accomplice. Police also searched Sylvester's home in Kennewick and found a letter written by the victim, that was left by the river for the suspects.

Both Sylvester and Swett were booked into the Benton County Jail on a 72- hour incarceration hold for 1st degree extortion.

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