Kidnapping

February 20, 2018 - 10:47 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors returned to a Florida courtroom to begin the sentencing phase in the trial of a man accused of abducting, raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl. On Tuesday morning, a woman told jurors Donald Smith tried to kidnap her as she walked to her friend's house one Sunday...
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February 18, 2018 - 12:06 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz says his mother is doing better after a harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Venezuela. Ana Isabel Soto was rescued last weekend, three days after she was kidnapped. Diaz was given permission to arrive late to spring training, and he spoke to...
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FILE - This photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Lawyers for Christensen, a former physics student accused of kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang, a University of Illinois scholar from China, intend to ask the presiding federal judge to recuse himself in the death penalty case. A two-page filing in central Illinois federal filed Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, doesn't spell out why Christensen's attorneys think Judge Colin Stirling Bruce should step aside. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
February 15, 2018 - 2:46 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say they've held talks on a possible plea deal with the suspect charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China. Prosecutors disclosed the talks in an Urbana federal court filing which offered no additional details. They recently said they'...
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This undated photo made available by the City of Charlestown, SC., Department of Police, shows Heidi Renae Todd. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the 4-year-old girl who disappeared in South Carolina. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters that Heidi's mother was "brutally beaten" and is hospitalized. Todd disappeared on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2018. (City of Charleston Department of Police via AP)
February 15, 2018 - 2:00 am
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl who disappeared from her South Carolina home where her mother was found badly beaten was found safe in Alabama on Wednesday and the man suspected of kidnapping her was arrested hours later, authorities said. Thomas Evans, 37, was arrested after a police...
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February 14, 2018 - 1:31 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police have arrested a habitual offender in connection with two sexual assaults dating back to 1988, based on DNA evidence in rape kits that were left untested for decades. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced Wednesday that Zellie Edwards, 49, was arrested last Thursday...
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February 13, 2018 - 12:16 am
Struggling through tears, the mother of an 8-year-old who was abducted from a Florida Walmart and later raped and killed said the man accused of the crime had convinced her he was a good Samaritan who was trying to help her family out. Rayne Perrywinkle sat facing 61-year-old defendant Donald Smith...
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February 12, 2018 - 10:41 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities said police have rescued the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, three days after she was kidnapped. Zulia state Gov. Omar Prieto announced Sunday evening on his Twitter account that 72-year-old Ana Isabel Soto was rescued earlier in the...
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February 10, 2018 - 3:51 pm
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have freed three university lecturers and 10 women who it had kidnapped in separate raids last year, Nigeria's government said Saturday. The academics were abducted by the Nigeria-based Islamic militants while conducting oil prospect evaluations in the...
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FILE - This Oct. 19, 2017, image from drone video, shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the Islamic State group ended. A U.S. military official says that the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2018 captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed “The Beatles” and known for beheading hostages. (AP Photo/Gabriel Chaim)
February 10, 2018 - 2:18 pm
LONDON (AP) — Former Islamic State hostages and families of the group's victims are urging Britain and the United States to put two recently captured extremists on trial, arguing that denying them justice will fuel the hatred and violence they supported. French journalist Nicolas Henin, who was...
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February 09, 2018 - 8:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. citizen suspected of fighting with the Islamic State says he wasn't a fighter, but was kidnapped by the militant group, tried to escape several times and was only in Syria to "understand firsthand and report" about the conflict, according to court papers filed Friday. New...
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