Vallejo police stand by hoax comments in 'Gone Girl' kidnapping case

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Vallejo police are standing by their claim that the bizarre 'Gone Girl' kidnapping case is a hoax, despite FBI affidavits that tell a different story. (KGO-TV)

Vallejo police are standing by their claim that the bizarre "Gone Girl" kidnapping case is a hoax, despite FBI affidavits that tell a different story.

"I believe the police did do a good job," Vallejo Police Capt. John Whitney said.

On March 23, Aaron Quinn reported that kidnappers broke into his home, abducted his girlfriend Denise Huskins and demanded $8,500 for ransom. His lawyers have said two kidnappers bound and drugged him.

Two days later, Huskins was found safe in her hometown of Huntington Beach, hours before the ransom was due. Vallejo police alleged the couple staged an elaborate kidnapping hoax.

The FBI, however, disagreed. Matthew Muller, 38, of Orangevale was arrested and charged with Huskins' kidnapping after authorities found that he had been arrested for a similarly committed crime in Dublin, the FBI said in an affidavit unsealed Monday.

Muller's attorney, Thomas Johnson, has said his client suffers from bipolar disorder and will plead not guilty to the kidnapping charge. He has already entered that plea to the other attempted robbery and assault charges, according to Johnson.

"As a part of his defense in Sacramento, we'll also be exploring his mental disease, his depression, psychosis and how that may bear on the federal case," Johnson said.

Muller was a U.S. Marine veteran, Harvard Law School graduate and most recently an immigration attorney in San Francisco.

Huskins' attorney demanded an apology from Vallejo police on Monday, but the city's leaders refused.

"Until that investigation is completed, we don't think any response from the city is appropriate at this point," said Daniel Keen, Vallejo's city manager.

Whitney said although they continue to call the case a hoax, an investigation was ongoing.
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