Chattanooga Police said they were advised Sunday afternoon of a possible kidnapping of Michael Wiley. They said later in the probe that Wiley went from victim to suspect.
A family member advised that they had last seen Wiley on Friday and had received a phone call on Sunday from him saying he needed money for his "captors."
Wiley said the kidnappers would injure him if they did not pay the ransom.
Detectives were able to locate Wiley at the Budget Hotel, 3400 Cummings Hwy. through numerous interviews. There were no other individuals with Wiley when he was found, it was stated.
Wiley, 45, was charged with extortion and filing false reports.
Police said the 380-pound Wiley was trying to get money from Donnell Powell, 47, and Linda King, 48.