SANTA ROSA BEACH — Two area residents were arrested Saturday for filing a false report.
Deputies were called in to investigate an alleged kidnapping of 21-year-old Sarah Zombori by 57-year-old Joseph Battista. She was being held on a $100 ransom. Battista supposedly communicated to Zombori's boyfriend that she would be killed if law enforcement was contacted, according to a Walton County Sheriff's Office press release.
Deputies were dispatched to Battista's Somerset Bridge Road home where investigators determined that Battista and Zombori were working together to obtain money from Zombori's boyfriend. Battista said the incident "was a joke," the release said . . . .
At the time of arrest, Zombori resisted arrest by kicking and striking a deputy. Zombori was charged with two counts of battery of a law enforcement officer, a third-degree felony; one count of resisting a law enforcement officer with violence, a third-degree felony; and one count of making a false report of a commission of a crime, a first-degree misdemeanor.
When Zombori's boyfriend got the ransom call, he had to consider it to be his luckiest day ever. Look at that chick. I know gals like that. I've dated gals like that. And if I would have gotten a phone call that says, "Pay $100 and the girl goes free -- Call the cops and she meets her Maker", then I'm picking up the phone and calling County Law before they change the offer. Not only would I have saved $100, I wouldn't have to worry with the messy breakup. It's a win-win for me.
And the $100? That proves my point. Even she thought he wouldn't pay $101.