ORANGEVALE (CBS13) – FBI agents have arrested an Orangevale man in connection with the bizarre kidnapping case of Vallejo woman Denise Huskins, and say he might have committed similar crimes.
Huskins was reported missing on March 23, with a reported ransom demand in the amount of $8,500. Two days later, she was found in Huntington Beach near her parents’ house.
Authorities originally suspected her disappearance was a hoax, saying the incident didn’t appear to have the hallmarks of a kidnapping.
After Huskins was located, Vallejo Police Dept. spokesman Kenny Park wrote: “Today there is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction, or an abduction at all. Given the facts that have been presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping.”
But a statement issued Monday by the FBI claims her story was true.
They allege that in the early hours of March 23, 2015, Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, were sleeping at their Muir Island home when Quinn was awakened by a bright light shining in his eyes. He says he heard a noise similar to a “stun gun,” and came face-to-face with a man who demanded both he and Huskins lie face down on the bed. The suspect ordered Huskins to bind Quinn with zip ties and ordered them to get into a bedroom closet. The suspect then put swim goggles that were covered by tape on Quinn’s eyes and headphones on his ears that played a prerecorded message saying the break-in was being done by a professional group collecting on financial debts and that both victims would receive electric shocks and cuts on their faces if they didn’t cooperate.
Muller then allegedly got financial account numbers from Quinn and information from the victim’s WiFi router, his laptop and other Internet accounts. Quinn was placed on the couch where he fell asleep. When he woke up his was able to free himself. He found that Huskins, his laptop and his car were missing. Huskins was located two days later.
Muller was arrested in June after a botched home invasion in Dublin at the beginning of the month. He allegedly entered the home and fought with the homeowner for about four minutes and ran away. He reportedly left his cell phone at scene, which allowed detectives to track him down to South Lake Tahoe, where he was arrested. Police also found Huskins’ stolen vehicle that had evidence inside from the kidnapping and a GPS device that showed a trip to Huntington Beach.
According to Huskins, other suspects were also involved in the incident.
Muller, a former U.S. Marine, attended Harvard University where he also taught, according to the official affadavit. He was admitted to the California state bar in 2011, and was disbarred in 2015.
Anyone who is may be the victim of a similar crime is urged to contact agents with the Sacramento Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).