Officers were called to Hotel Five in downtown Seattle Monday afternoon after getting a call from a 19-year-old man who claimed he had been robbed.
The man said he went to the hotel to buy some video games from another man. When he arrived, the 28-year-old man claiming to be the seller told the victim he was actually a federal agent and ordered him onto the ground. He then handcuffed the victim and robbed him of $191 and a pair of sunglasses, according to police.
When officers contacted the 28-year-old -- who is not a federal agent -- the man told them the incident had nothing to do with video games. Instead, he told them he had posted an ad on Craigslist offering up sex with an imaginary 14-year-old girl, and the 19-year-old had contacted him about it.
Police arrested the 28-year-old for extortion and unlawful imprisonment.
They then asked the 19-year-old if he had gone to the room intending to have sex with a minor. The man changed his story and admitted to going to the hotel for sex, but said the imaginary girl was supposed to be 18-years old. With that admission, officers arrested the 19-year-old as well.