Surveillance footage shows former RHOC star Elizabeth Vargas held hostage at gunpoint on Tuesday by ex-boyfriend Ryan Geraghty, who was threatening to kill her
Vargas, 46, had called police because he allegedly, was escalating his extortion demands over her nude photos, which began Christmas Eve
In the Ring camera footage, Geraghty is heard saying he has ‘nothing to lose’ and will take her out, then ‘everybody else’
SWAT teams breached her Newport Beach, California, home to save her and put him in handcuffs
‘They can shoot me if they want,’ he’s heard saying in the footage before being arrested
Geraghty who is now in custody, charged with extortion, assault with a firearm and making criminal threats
Geraghty who pled guilty to burglary in 2008 and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2016, faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted
Vargas appeared on the Real Housewives of Orange County for one season
Surveillance footage shows RHOC star Elizabeth Vargas’s ex-boyfriend holding her hostage and threatening to kill her after she called police because he was extorting her over nude photos
Vargas, 46, was held up at gunpoint on Tuesday by her ex-boyfriend Ryan Geraghty
Geraghty has been extorting her over nude photographs since Christmas Eve.
Security footage from inside Elizabeth Lyn Vargas’ home shows the chilling moments during which her ex threatened her life.
The former “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star faced off against Ryan Geraghty inside her home last Tuesday, and now video obtained by TMZ reveals how he reacted once police officers and a SWAT team arrived.
“I’m taking you out and then everybody else,” Geraghty says. “They can shoot me if they want. I don’t give a f–k anymore. I’ve got nothing to lose.”
Obviously livid that Vargas, 46, had called the authorities, Geraghty, 33, says, “Bring the big boys. How f–king dare you.”
She warned him to be careful, saying she’d reported him to police.
He replied: ‘Bring the big boys, how f**king dare you.’
SWAT teams had, by this point, gathered outside the home – which Vargas’s sources say they were monitoring.
They eventually got inside the house, whisked her out to safety and arrested him.
Ryan Geraghty was arrested after he “was actively threatening the life of the victim,” according to the police report.
Ryan Geraghty was ultimately charged with assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and extortion, according to a press release by the Newport Beach Police Department.
Geraghty, a convicted felon, was hit with a slew of charges for the incident, including felony extortion of property by force or threat, several gun charges and possession of a controlled substance.
Following the traumatic event, sources close to Vargas revealed that Geraghty had allegedly been extorting her: “He became obsessive with her and would show up at places and come by her house randomly,” one insider shared.
“He asked her for money all the time, so she gave him a little money, but then [he] threatened to start extorting her.”
When the alleged extortion began to worsen, Vargas involved police.
“She called the police yesterday, so police start monitoring the house, and he shows up,” the insider explained last Wednesday.
“He runs in the house, holds her hostage, has a gun. When [police] realized he pulled a gun out, they raided.”
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office says he previously punched her in the face, and fired a gun into the ceiling while she hid in a closet.
Geraghty remains in custody awaiting his next court date. It’s unclear how the pair met.
Vargas only appeared on the Real Housewives of Orange County for one season. During her brief stint on the show, she was accused of lying about her finances and lifestyle by cast-mates.
She also claimed on the show to have been born into a cult, and said she was the victim of childhood sexual abuse.
After last week’s stand-off, Vargas was seen outside the home laughing and joking with a male friend.
She was then seen the night after the incident, dining at upscale restaurant Nobu with her management team.
Her management company DWE posted a paparazzi photo of the outing on Instagram along with the caption: ‘It’s just a numbers game from here on out.’
Geraghty pled guilty to burglary in 2008 and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2016. If convicted, for the current charges, he faces up to 75 years in prison.