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  • San Jose: Video shows mystery suspect in triple homicide at Mexicali Club

    03/08/2011 6:33:21 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    MercuryNews.com ^ | 03/08/2011 | Sean Webby
    Hoping for public help to bring to justice fugitives behind one of San Jose's bloodiest crimes, police Tuesday released a graphic video captured by security cameras at the Mexicali Club earlier this year during a deadly kidnap attempt. The bar invasion left three dead, one badly wounded and the getaway driver and a mystery man in a bulletproof vest on the run. The video shows an unidentified suspect grappling with the owner of the bar as he attempts to yank him at gunpoint from the club into a waiting SUV. Toward the end of the video, the club owner --...
  • Former FBI agent missing in Iran still alive: Clinton

    03/03/2011 8:36:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 03/03/11
    Former FBI agent missing in Iran still alive: Clinton WASHINGTON, March 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. has received indications recently that a former FBI agent who disappeared when visiting Iran four years ago is still alive, said U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton on Thursday. Clinton said in a statement that the U.S. citizen, named Bob Levinson, is now being held "somewhere in southeast Asia." "We respectfully request the Iranian government to undertake humanitarian efforts to safely return and reunite Bob with his family," she said, adding that the U.S. would appreciate the Iranian government's efforts in this regard. Bob Levinson, an...
  • Trenton duct-tape kidnap suspect's bail doubled

    03/01/2011 7:40:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | March 01, 2011 | Artemis Coughlan
    TRENTON - Bail for an illegal alien from Guatemala accused of kidnapping, duct taping and robbing a woman was nearly doubled today by a Mercer County Superior Court judge. An illegal immigrant detainer was placed on Sergio Sarceno Cano, 30, who was charged with kidnapping, terroristic threats, criminal restraint, theft and weapons offenses for the Feb. 21 alleged assault, said Assistant Prosecutor Skylar Weissman. Cano allegedly kidnapped the victim from her Hamilton home, bound her arms, legs and mouth with duct tape and moved her around various places in the township against her will, the prosecutor said. “He taped her...
  • More than 11,000 migrants kidnapped in Mexico

    02/22/2011 7:32:38 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 22, 2011 | associated press
    MEXICO CITY – At least 11,333 migrants were kidnapped in Mexico during a six-month span of 2010
  • Man Kidnapped, Killed Blind Woman (Detroit)

    02/07/2011 7:13:22 PM PST · by libh8er · 17 replies
    ClickOnDetroit ^ | 2.7.2012
    DETROIT -- Police said a Detroit man is charged with kidnapping and murdering his blind girlfriend. Gregory Harris, 52, kidnapped and murdered his girlfriend, Zilphia Craig, who was blind, police said. Relatives found Craig's apartment ransacked with traces of blood, police said. Craig's body was found last week. Police said Craig's relatives suspected Harris was involved. He was Craig's boyfriend, police said. Harris was charged Monday with second degree murder, kidnapping and as a habitual offender, police said.
  • Ex-nanny jailed in ransom demand case

    01/29/2011 3:36:14 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Jan. 29, 2011 | MIKE GLENN
    A southwest Houston former nanny is in custody after police said she demanded money for the safe return of a boy she once looked after. On Jan. 7, officials at the boy's school called Jessica Guerra Quesada, 33, because classes had ended early that day and they were unable to reach his mother, according to the criminal complaint filed against Quesada. Although she was no longer the boy's nanny, Quesada was still listed in school records as the emergency contact. A school employee even brought the 5-year-old boy to Quesada's apartment in the 1300 block of Wilcrest because she didn't...
  • Man suspected of kidnapping 3-year-old in San Bernardino County arrested in Mexico

    01/14/2011 2:40:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 14, 2011 | Nardine Saad
    A man suspected of kidnapping a 3-year-old boy from his home in San Bernardino County and fleeing with him to Mexico has been arrested by Guadalajara authorities, FBI officials said Friday. Israel Ledesma-Moreno, 29, was taken into custody Thursday after law enforcement officials issued a warrant for his arrest and tracked him to the area where he had been living, said Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles. Ledesma-Moreno, originally from Guadalajara, faces state charges for kidnapping Briant Rodriguez and six counts of home invasion robbery, according to the 2009 complaint filed by the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office....
  • (South Texas:)Attempted kidnapping suspect recovering from bullet wounds

    01/04/2011 12:36:53 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 04, 2011 | Neal Morton
    NEAR MISSION -- Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies are keeping watch at McAllen Medical Center until a suspect in an attempted kidnapping case recovers from surgery for two gunshot wounds. A 49-year-old man north of Mission told authorities he shot at least one of three men who allegedly tried to kidnap him outside of his home Monday night. But when the unidentified suspect arrived at the hospital not long after that incident, he told authorities two children shot him near 29th Street and Nolana Road in McAllen. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office reported the McAllen Police Department recorded no such event...
  • Arizona lawmaker set to ramp up fight against illegals

    12/29/2010 4:35:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies · 4+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2010 | Valerie Richardson
    Arizona took a public-relations punch to the gut after passing the nation's toughest anti-illegal-immigration law earlier this year, but anyone who thinks (or hopes) the state Legislature will lower its profile on the border-security issue in 2011 likely will be disappointed. The state is positioned like never before to expand its efforts to combat illegal immigration. The November election saw Republican Jan Brewer elected to a second term as governor, largely on the strength of her decision to sign the headline-making law, while the Republican Party added to its already sizable majorities in the state House and Senate. Most significantly...
  • 4 life terms for using girl as sex slave

    12/11/2010 4:22:37 PM PST · by Racehorse · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11 December 2010 | Craig Kapitan
    It took jurors about 45 minutes of deliberation Friday to sentence an alleged crack cocaine dealer to four life sentences — one of which has no possibility of parole — for the kidnapping, rape and forced prostitution of a 13-year-old. Juan Moreno, 45, stood silently as state District Judge Ron Rangel read the sentences. Moreno had faced between 25 years and life in prison without parole for super aggravated sexual assault of a child and between 15 years and life in prison for aggravated kidnapping. The other two convictions, human trafficking and compelling prostitution, are generally second-degree felonies with maximum...
  • Elizabeth Smart defendant suffers seizure in court

    11/30/2010 9:04:28 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/30/2010 | Staff
    SALT LAKE CITY — The former street preacher charged with kidnapping and assaulting Elizabeth Smart suffered an apparent seizure in the courtroom Tuesday
  • Woman Escapes From Kidnappers in Central Texas

    11/17/2010 1:49:24 PM PST · by NorwegianViking · 25 replies
    KWTX News ^ | Nov. 17, 2010 | Lauren Westbrook
    HILL COUNTY (November 17, 2010)—One man was in custody Wednesday in Hill County and local and federal authorities were looking for two others after a woman who was kidnapped Tuesday from her home in Fort Worth managed to free herself and escape from her abductors at a campsite where she was being held. The woman, who’s in her 30s, but whose name and exact age weren’t released Wednesday, was abducted at around noon Tuesday from her home in Fort Worth by three Hispanic men, authorities said. The kidnappers left the woman’s 4-year-old child alone in the house. The woman’s husband...
  • FBI: Man long declared dead arrested in kidnapping (murder of 12 year old girl)

    11/15/2010 5:52:56 PM PST · by Racehorse · 6 replies
    On paper he was deceased, legally declared dead 16 years ago. In reality, Thomas Steven Sanders had lived openly for years without anyone noticing that fact — until his weekend arrest on suspicion of kidnapping a Las Vegas girl who recently turned up dead. Sanders was arrested Sunday at a Gulfport, Miss. truck stop after a massive nationwide manhunt and charged with kidnapping 12-year-old Lexis Roberts, whose body was found last month in Louisiana, the FBI said. The girl's mother, 31-year-old Suellen Roberts is missing and feared dead in a bizarre case that leaves many wondering how a legally dead...
  • Teen not getting new trial in attempted rape case [Lds - Open]

    11/09/2010 2:07:10 AM PST · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    Provo Daily Herald ^ | Oct. 30, 2010 | Heidi Toth
    PROVO -- A 19-year-old Cedar Hills man found guilty of two first-degree felony sex crimes will not be getting a new trial. Sergey Tyler Millett was in court Friday as his attorneys debated new evidence that had arisen since his trial in April as well as the possibility of a new trial. The evidence seemed to indicate that the 15-year-old victim in the case was somehow coerced to give statements to the police regarding the relationship she'd had with Millett when she was 14 and he was 18. However, defense attorney Barbara Gonzales withdrew her motion for a new trial...
  • ...Haiti Kidnapping Update

    10/20/2010 11:45:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies
    SNIPPET - quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Haiti Kidnapping Update CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Americas - Haiti 19 Oct 2010 The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is issuing this Warden Message to alert U.S. citizens that with 2 recent kidnappings over the last week, the incidence of kidnappings of American citizens in Haiti has reached a total of 9 cases so far in calendar year 2010. The incidence of kidnapping in Haiti has diminished from its peak in 2006 when 60 U.S. citizens were reported kidnapped. In 2007, there were 29 reported...
  • Schwarzenegger calls good Samaritan 'true action hero' (saved little girl)

    10/07/2010 6:23:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | October 6, 2010
    Accolades for the good Samaritan who rescued an abducted girl continued to roll in Thursday as California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called Victor Perez a "true action hero." The city of Fresno proclaimed the day "Victor Perez Day" and sponsored the visit from Schwarzenegger, who said the abduction of the girl, 8, "had a great and heroic end." Early Tuesday, Perez, 29, chased after a vehicle carrying the girl, who had been sexually assaulted hours earlier. "Thank you for stepping in and never even thinking twice," Mayor Ashley Swearengin told Perez, a father of two boys. Perez has been on a...
  • Somali Family Laments Kidnapping of Christian Girl

    10/07/2010 1:02:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | October 6, 2010 | Dan Wooding
    Note: Photo included. NOTE The following text is a quote: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Somali Family Laments Kidnapping of Christian Girl Islamist extremist insurgents abducted 15-year-old nearly eight months ago By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (ANS) -- Compass Direct News (CDN) is reporting that an underground Christian family from central Somalia is agonizing over the kidnapping of their daughter nearly eight months ago by Islamic militants bent on punishing those who leave Islam. Al Shabaab gunmen in Somalia Ghelle Hassan Aded told Compass that he has not seen his 15-year-old daughter, Anab Ghelle Hassan, since Islamic...
  • Abducted Girl's Hero Describes Car Chase Rescue

    10/06/2010 10:55:54 AM PDT · by AuntB · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | Oct. 6, 2010 | CBS
    It was a car chase that lead to a little girl's freedom. And now an unemployed construction worker is being called a hero. The little girl was playing with friends outside a home on Monday evening when she was approached by a stranger driving a 1975 Chevy pickup truck. Dyer told reporters, "He grabbed her and forced her into the pickup through the driver's door and sped off." Perez saw that video on the news, and when he left his home, he saw that truck -- and decided to follow it, cutting it off not once -- but several times....
  • Expert: Mexico's Kidnapping Industry So Lucrative It Won't End

    10/05/2010 9:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE ^ | October 4, 2010 | Juan Ramon Pena
    Mexico SNIPPET: "MEXICO CITY – Kidnapping, one of the crimes that concerns Mexicans the most, is such a lucrative industry for criminals and police that there is little likelihood of seeing it reduced, journalist and writer Humberto Padgett says in his new book “Jauria.” “Everybody makes money, except the family that sees its daily life fatally interrupted,” the journalist, who spent two years investigating kidnappers and police, as well as speaking with victims, said. Nearly three kidnappings per day, according to official figures, are committed in Mexico. A total of 1,181 kidnapping cases were reported last year, up 40 percent...
  • Driver cuts off truck, abducted Calif. girl flees

    10/05/2010 8:54:33 PM PDT · by topher · 49 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 5, 2010
    RESNO, Calif. – An 8-year-old girl who was abducted by a stranger while playing outside a Fresno home escaped from her captor Tuesday morning after a driver recognized the suspect's vehicle and cut it off, police said. The child was found in Fresno about 11 hours after she disappeared around 8:30 p.m. Monday, triggering a statewide Amber Alert. Police arrested Gregorio Gonzalez, 24, who they said was a member of the Bulldogs street gang. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the driver recognized the red pickup truck from media reports that showed surveillance video of the kidnapper's vehicle. When the...
  • 20 Mexican Tourists Missing After Acapulco Kidnap

    10/02/2010 5:09:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/2/2010 | Yahoo News
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) – A heavily armed gang kidnapped about 20 Mexican tourists in the beach resort city of Acapulco earlier this week and their whereabouts are still unknown, police said Saturday. The tourists from Morelia in neighboring Michoacan state were "deprived of their liberty" Thursday when they were overtaken by an armed group, prosecutors said in a statement, adding they did not know the identity of the gunmen or the fate of those abducted. "On Thursday night, about 20 people were abducted by armed men as they arrived in Acapulco. There is no immediate word on there whereabouts, the...
  • Suspected kidnapper shot 16 times in Mexico

    09/30/2010 8:54:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    high desert news / ap ^ | September 29, 2010 1:35 PM | no byline
    San Bernardino County prosecutors have dropped charges against a man charged with kidnapping a 3-year-old boy after the suspect was shot to death in Mexico. Liberato Vega and another man were accused of taking the child during a home-invasion robbery last year in unincorporated south San Bernardino. The boy was later found in Mexicali, Mexico. Vega, who’s 31, was shot 16 times during a January gun battle with Mexican federal police that authorities say may have been drug-related. County prosecutor Bob Bulloch said it was difficult to confirm the death and the case wasn’t dropped until Sept. 8.
  • Kidnapped schoolgirl Jaycee Lee Dugard to write book about her 18-year ordeal

    09/28/2010 1:09:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:14 PM on 27th September 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Jaycee Lee Dugard, who survived being kidnapped aged 11 and held captive for 18 years, is to write a book about her ordeal. She will pen the currently untitled book herself and cover her life from her abduction in 1991 to the present day, publisher Simon & Schuster announced today.
  • Criminal proceedings against kidnapper of schoolgirl Jaycee Lee Dugard halted

    09/25/2010 3:05:35 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25th September 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Criminal proceedings against the man accused of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard have been sensationally halted because of concerns about his mental state. Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister made the decision yesterday after a short pre-trial hearing for Phillip Garrido. Phimister said he had concerns about Garrido's mental competency to participate in his defence. He is facing 29 counts of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment in the 1991 disappearance of Dugard
  • Police: Human smugglers kidnap 16 migrants in Mexico

    09/02/2010 5:01:15 PM PDT · by AuntB · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 2, 2010 | Nick Valencia
    At least 16 migrants, including a woman, were being held for ransom by human smugglers in Tijuana, Mexico, according to a migrant who was freed, authorities said late Wednesday. "With respect to the man, we are not releasing his name but he is between 20 and 25-years-old. We can tell you that his family paid a ransom for his liberty and it was after that he came to us and told us there were others that were being held in Tijuana," Municipal Police Officer Jose Varela told CNN by phone. It was unclear how much the family paid, but reports...
  • ...Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants....

    08/25/2010 2:55:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NewYork.FBI.gov ^ | August 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/nyfo082410.htm Two Additional Arrests Made of Members of Violent International Organized Crime Group Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants with Murder, Kidnapping, and Other Racketeering Offenses PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and RAYMOND W. KELLY, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, announced the arrests of FLORIAN VESHI and ALMIR RRAPO for their roles in a racketeering enterprise that engaged...
  • Panty Raid in Austin, Now Upgraded To Attempted Kidnapping and Attempted Assault (video report)

    08/25/2010 10:30:06 AM PDT · by OneVike · 37 replies
    Gate ^ | 8/14/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Yesterday I reported about the Austin Texas teenage girl who was walking to High School for her first day of class when she was as the police reported then, nearly raped by four men. I was quite taken by surprise that the police would say that a teen girl having been abducted by four men who actually removed some of her clothing was not sexually assaulted.  The girl told police that four men in a silver Ford truck grabbed her and assaulted her on her way to school. Well in an update on the story, I found this video...
  • Police: San Juan teen randomly kidnapped, found in Reynosa (Texas Spillover Violence Alert)

    08/24/2010 6:25:07 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 31 replies
    The Monitor ^ | August 23, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    SAN JUAN —Police reunited a teenage woman with her family Monday afternoon, nearly 19 hours after she was abducted, blindfolded and dumped in a Reynosa field. The 18-year-old woman, whose name was not disclosed by police, was walking to a friend’s house about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. A black van pulled up alongside her and three men hopped out, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said. They snatched the girl, blindfolded her and took her to Reynosa. The kidnappers began calling the woman’s family demanding ransom money. “The kidnappers somehow missed it that she had a cell phone,” Gonzalez said. “We...
  • Inside the Brutal World of America's Kidnapping Capital (Phoenix)

    08/17/2010 7:40:25 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 8 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | 8-17-10 | Monica Alonzo
    Maria was drifting off to sleep on the bedroom floor. She could hear women getting raped in the next room. Only she didn't hear screams — she heard the laughter of male guards. A kidnapping victim rescued by the Phoenix Police Department's Home Invasion and Kidnapping Enforcement unit. The women had been drugged by their rapists, who had done the same to Maria as soon as she walked into the house. They forced her to swallow a red liquid and handed her some chalky, white pills. She drank the liquid and tucked the pills on the side of her mouth,...
  • Police looking for missing 12-year-old girl

    08/11/2010 9:02:51 PM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies
    KATU.com ^ | Aug. 11, 2010 | katu.com staff
    Elizabeth Shambaugh and her transient father, Kilunnun Chivoski, were driving north to Portland in a caravan of vehicles. Police say at some point a woman they identified as 32-year-old Christine Eileen Johnston accepted Shambaugh in her 1985 Ford F250 pickup truck and continued toward Portland. The group was to meet at a predetermined location in Clackamas County and Chivoski saw his daughter pass by as he stood on the road. Police say the girl was described to have a facial expression and body gestures that portrayed a statement of “What the heck!?” The pickup truck, however, did not stop.
  • The Hikers, the Mullahs, and their Friends

    08/02/2010 7:32:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 1, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Last week the president spoke out on behalf of the three American hikers who have been held in Iran for nearly a year. During that time, they have been able to make only one telephone call — to their families back in the U.S. — and write no letter at all. Sarah, Shane, and Josh are in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, and Sarah is locked in solitary confinement save for once a day when she goes to the prison yard and sees the others. “I want to be perfectly clear,” the president said.  And then he lapsed into incoherence.  “Sarah,...
  • Two Kidnapped Journalists Rescued in Northern Mexico[grenade attack on TV studio]

    08/01/2010 4:59:05 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 5+ views
    MEXICO CITY – Mexican Federal Police freed two kidnapped journalists held captive since last Monday in the northern part of the country by an organized crime group, officials said Saturday. The two were in a group of four journalists who were intercepted last Monday in the La Laguna region, which includes areas in the states of Coahuila and Durango in northern Mexico. One of them, Hector Gordoa of Televisa, was released Thursday in good health. In an operation based on intelligence work, the agents rescued the two journalists in the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango state, according to a communique...
  • Samaritan Purse Worker Kidnapped in Sudan

    07/28/2010 11:47:02 AM PDT · by rovenstinez · 13 replies · 4+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 28, 2010 | rovenstinez
    An American aid worker abducted by gunmen in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur on Monday described the "nightmare" of her situation in a telephone call to AFP. "In the past it was okay, but now it is not. They are threatening me, my life, my health," the woman, who works for US aid group Samaritan's Purse, said. She was kidnapped in mid-May in the village of Abu Ajura, south Darfur, along with two Sudanese colleagues who have since been released.
  • ISLAMIC-TERRORIST HEZBOLLAH'S "SPIRITIUAL" - SHEIK FADLALLAH - GOOD RIDDANCE

    07/24/2010 1:18:48 PM PDT · by Righting · 3 replies
    ISLAMIC-TERRORIST HEZBULLAH'S "SPIRITIUAL" IMAM FADLALLAH - GOOD RIDDENSFadlallah - When mass suicide [homicide] bombing was invented. The new dimension of international terrorism - Page 115 Stefan M. Aubrey - 2004 - 312 pages [p. 115-116] A further extension of this philosophy can be found in the teachings of the Lebanese spiritual leader Shaykh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah. While Fadlallah agreed that the teachings of the Koran provided for the use of force and jihad for defensive purposes, the contemporary situation of the Middle East creates a scenario that tends to breed violence. [...] justification of violent action in the name of...
  • Search for Kyron Horman: Parents Name Friend of Terri Horman as Second Possible Accomplice

    07/23/2010 10:30:19 AM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ABC/GMA ^ | 7-23-10 | MIKE von FREMD and SARAH NETTER
    Police investigating the disappearance of Oregon second-grader Kyron Hormanwant to talk to a friend of Kyron's stepmother about the case, but she is apparently refusing to cooperate. New information suggests Terri's friend DeDe Spicher is involved in the case.A statement released overnight by the little boy's father and biological mother focuses on DeDe Spicher, a close friend of Horman's estranged wife, Terri Horman, who is under intense scrutiny by police and the community. Spicher was identified by law enforcement as a confidante of Terri Horman and, according to her estranged husband and Kyron's father, Kaine Horman, she's not cooperating with...
  • Suspect in girl's kidnapping has died (Alisa found yesterday)

    07/08/2010 6:20:42 AM PDT · by mmanager · 42 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | July 8, 2010 | PATRICK M. O'CONNELL
    HAWK POINT • The prime suspect in the abduction of a Louisiana, Mo., girl is dead, the Missouri Highway Patrol said Thursday morning. The suspect shot himself in the head when authorities closed in Wednesday afternoon, a day after the little girl was found alive in a St. Louis County strip mall parking lot. Cpl. Jeff Wilson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said the man died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles. The patrol didn't confirm the man's death until Thursday morning. Police sources say the suspect is Paul S. Smith, a sex offender who...
  • Suspected child abductor kills himself‎ (Alisa Meier - Louisiana, Missouri)

    Suspected child abductor kills himself kmoxnews@kmox.com ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- St. Louis County Police confirm for KMOX News that the person of interest in the Alisa Maier child abduction case shot and killed himself as he was approached by police in Lincoln County on Highway D. A police spokesman tells KMOX that they have also located a car matching the description of the suspect's vehicle but police are stopping short of calling him the abductor The 4-year old Louisiana, Mo. girl was found wandering around a parking lot of a car wash in Old Town Fenton last night, after someone...
  • Facebook Leads Mom to Missing 5-Year-Old Son

    06/19/2010 6:42:20 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 9 replies · 607+ views
    AOL News ^ | 6/19/2010 | Lauren Frayer
    A Texas woman credits Facebook with helping to reunite her with her son who went missing as a toddler four years ago. Lorena Perez hadn't seen her son Isaiah since 2006, when the boy's father, Joseph Vaquera, took him from their San Antonio home. He didn't have permission to take the boy away from his mother, but because there were no custody orders in place, Vaquera couldn't be charged with a crime. For four years, Perez searched for her son. "It was hard not knowing if he was hungry or cold or sick, if he was alone somewhere. It was...
  • [Zorro]Impersonators claim hotel kidnapping

    06/12/2010 5:29:58 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 283+ views
    upi ^ | June 11, 2010
    LAS VEGAS, - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man who claims a Las Vegas hotel kidnapped him and his brother while he was dressed as Zorro. The lawsuit alleges Jason Perez-Morciglio, 36, was throwing away trash in front of The Venetian Jan. 15 with his brother, Sebastian Perez-Morciglio, 28 -- who sometimes dresses as Darth Vader for street performances with his brother but was not in costume -- when hotel security officers "kidnapped the brothers, forced them into a small room inside the Venetian Hotel and detained them," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported...
  • Muslim employer holds Pakistani Christian family captive for a year

    06/10/2010 8:55:37 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 5 replies · 66+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/11/2010 | Staff
    Pakistani police freed a family of Christian brick kiln workers on June 2 in Raiwind, Pakistan. Asghar Masih, Rehana Bibi and their three children were allegedly held hostage at a brick kiln by Muhammad Nawaz, the Muslim owner. Asghar escaped and informed Pakistani officials about his family’s plight. The police then raided the brick kiln and freed the victims after arresting Nawaz. Nawaz allegedly raped Rehana and her eldest daughter repeatedly during the imprisonment and he and accomplices also tortured and chained the victims to prevent them from escaping....
  • CHRISTIAN WOMAN KIDNAPPED IN PAKISTAN ESCAPES

    06/01/2010 2:41:31 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 818+ views
    ASSIST NEWS SERVICE ^ | May 31, 2010 | by Dan Wooding
    Note: Photo included. NOTE The following text is a quote: Monday, May 31, 2010 Christian Woman Kidnapped in Pakistan Escapes Impoverished father had received ultimatum from employer who loaned him money By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- Compass Direct News (CDN) is reporting that a Christian woman who was kidnapped, forced to marry a Muslim farmer and told to convert to Islam amid a dispute over a loan said today (Monday, May 31, 2010) she has returned home after weeks of “captivity and torture.” Sania James (Photo: Compass) Sania James, 33, was kidnapped April 5...
  • Border Charade

    05/26/2010 5:39:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 454+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 26, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Security: After letting Mexico's president trash Arizona's immigration law and his immigration enforcement chief say he won't enforce it, the president wants to send a token National Guard contingent to the border. There's something disingenuous about the president's plan to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the Arizona border to help the Border Patrol catch illegal aliens. His director of immigration and customs enforcement, John Morton, has said he might not enforce immigration crimes reported by Arizona officials, though the state's new law merely copies federal law. Morton is director of ICE, not chief justice of the Supreme Court. He...
  • LR Home Invasion Suspect Arrested (57 y/o used puppy to gain entry, beat, kidnap college student)

    05/20/2010 6:46:24 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 8 replies · 733+ views
    KATV (AR ABC affiliate) ^ | 20 May 10 | Chris Scott
    Little Rock, AR - According to police Jim Huff was arrested this afternoon in connection with a Sunday home invasion. Little Rock authorities searched Huff's home at 14 Leslie Circle in Little Rock late Wednesday afternoon. They did not release what they found at the home. Investigators say on Sunday night Huff, who is 56 years old, tried to abduct a 24 year old woman from her Little Rock home near Hall High School. According to Police Huff approached the victim's front door with a small dog and asked if she would help him identify the animal. When the victim...
  • TRAVEL WARNING [NIGER]

    05/12/2010 11:31:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 288+ views
    SNIPPET - quote: Travel Warning United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Washington, DC 20520 This information is current as of today, Wed May 12 2010 23:23:37 GMT-0700 (PDT). NIGER May 11, 2010 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger and recommends against all travel to the north of the country due to kidnapping threats against Westerners. Al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a terrorist group, continues its attempts to kidnap Westerners, including U.S. citizens in Niger, and has been successful in kidnapping Europeans in the region. On...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Haiti tosses kidnapping charges against Americans (one faces lesser charge for organizing effort)

    04/26/2010 3:51:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 219+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/26/10 | Frank Bajak - ap
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A Haitian judge said Monday he has dismissed kidnapping and criminal association charges against 10 American missionaries detained for trying to take a busload of children out of the country after the Jan. 12 earthquake. Judge Bernard Saint-Vil said Laura Silsby, the last of the 10 missionaries jailed in Haiti, still faced a lesser charge for allegedly organizing the effort to transport the 33 children to an orphanage they were setting up in the Dominican Republic. Silsby faces up to three years in prison if convicted on the remaining charge, the "organization of irregular trips," from a...
  • Gunmen raid northern Mexico hotel

    04/21/2010 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies · 569+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 4/21/10
    A gang of gunmen burst into a hotel in the northern industrial city of Monterrey Wednesday and kidnapped at least three people, prosecutors said. The Nuevo Leon state attorney general's office said the victims' identities and the possible motive in the dramatic seizure at the Holiday Inn have not yet been established.
  • Vaughn Ward's statement on the recent video of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl

    04/09/2010 4:46:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 471+ views
    VAUGHN WARD.com ^ | Posted Fri, 04/09/2010 - 5:35pm | Vaughn Ward
    http://www.vaughnward.com Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.vaughnward.com/vaughn-ward’s-statement-recent-video-pfc-bowe-bergdahl Vaughn Ward’s statement on the recent video of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl Posted Fri, 04/09/2010 - 5:35pm “My thoughts and prayers go out to Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl and his family. As a Marine Corps Officer, we are taught to leave no man behind and this circumstance is no different. I support our military commanders on the ground in Afghanistan and know that we will continue to do everything we can to bring Pfc. Bergdahl home to Idaho. However, Walt Minnick recently made statements on this issue that can’t go unchallenged, suggesting the...
  • 13-Year-Old Girl Escapes Miami-Dade Abduction (Two Men Drag Teen Waiting for School Bus...)

    04/08/2010 12:16:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies · 2,050+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Thu, Apr 8, 2010 | JEANETTE LOPEZ
    Two men drag teen waiting for school bus into car but she jumps out window A 13-year-old girl was able to get out of a terrifying situation this morning after two men attempted to abduct her in Southwest Miami-Dade. The teen was waiting for her school bus early this morning at Southwest 268 St. and Southwest 139 Ave. when a black car pulled up next to her. According to police, the car was occupied by two black males. The man in the passenger seat stepped out and pulled the girl by her hoodie, forcing her inside the car. When the...
  • Authorities in El Paso Arrest Seven in Connection with Kidnapping/Murder Investigation

    03/19/2010 5:18:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Authorities in El Paso Arrest Seven in Connection with Kidnapping/Murder Investigation Federal Charges Include Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Murder for Hire, Kidnapping, Drug Distribution and Interstate Transportation in Aid of Racketeering SAN ANTONIO—U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy, DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, FBI Special Agent in Charge David Cuthbertson, U.S. Border Patrol Marfa Sector Chief Patrol Agent John Smietana and El Paso Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Hill, El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza and El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles announced the arrest of seven individuals charged...