VALLEJO (KRON) — The bizarre story of a woman who was kidnapped in the middle of the night from her Vallejo home only to turn up at her mom’s house in southern California house two days later, has resulted in the arrest of a man that may have attempted a similar style kidnapping in the East Bay in June.
Some of the details of Denise Huskins’ disappearance just didn’t add up. For one, the ransom amount of $8,500 seemed like an arbitrary number. Second, Huskins’ boyfriend who claimed Denise was taken in the middle of the night from their Vallejo home waited several hours to report the kidnapping.
“It was such an incredible story, we initially had a hard time believing it,” Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park said of the abduction report from boyfriend Aaron Quinn. “Upon further investigation we couldn’t substantiate any of the things he was saying.”
But the FBI, who continued to investigate the kidnapping, saw a possible lead when a similar style crime took place in the East Bay a few months later.
During the early morning hours of June 5, 2015, deputies from the Dublin Police Services, of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a report of a home invasion robbery, according to an FBI affidavit. During the course of their investigation, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office detectives were able to identify Matthew Muller as the subject of the investigation.
On June 25, 2015, the FBI met with investigators of the Dublin Police Services, of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, where it was determined that there were similarities with the June 5, 2015 case, and elements of the March 23, 2015, kidnapping.
Below is a look at the details surrounding the kidnapping of Denise Huskins, the investigation, and the arrest of suspect Matthew Muller.