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Captors Vowed to Mutilate Teen if $500K Ransom Wasn't Paid

17-year-old rescued Friday in California; 3 suspects now face life in prison

(Newser) - A California teenager was found safe Friday, four days after he was kidnapped by men who threatened to cut off his body parts unless his family paid a $500,000 ransom. The men caused the 17-year-old to crash his vehicle into their Jeep Grand Cherokee in the city of Highland...

Man Accused of Abducting Woman Tries to Escape: Cops

Negasi Zuberi, 29, now faces new charges

(Newser) - The man accused of abducting a woman and holding her captive in a makeshift cell apparently doesn't like the view from inside his own jail cell. Negasi Zuberi, 29, who is being held in Oregon's Jackson County Jail on a federal interstate kidnapping charge, now also faces charges...

Cops: Woman's Note Saves Her From Fake Uber Driver

Police in Arizona are able to rescue her, arrest alleged kidnapper

(Newser) - A woman in Arizona was abducted by a fake Uber driver but managed to save herself by passing a note to a customer at a gas station, say police. As USA Today reports, the woman's ordeal began Monday morning when she got into a vehicle driven by a man...

American Nurse, Daughter Abducted in Haiti Are Freed

Alix Dorsainvil works for the nonprofit group El Roi Haiti

(Newser) - An American nurse and her young daughter who were kidnapped in Haiti two weeks ago have been freed, reports ABC News . Details are scant, but Alix Dorsainvil and her child are said to be safe. Dorsainvil works as a nurse for the religious and humanitarian aid group El Roi Haiti,...

Grim Twist in Missouri Kidnapping Case

Potential witness in case found dead inside a barrel in Missouri River

(Newser) - Missouri authorities had been looking for Jaynie Crosdale since January, saying she was believed to have information about Timothy Haslett Jr.'s alleged abduction of a 22-year-old woman who says she was held captive in his home for a month before escaping. Now, in a horrific twist, Crosdale's...

Suspect in Teen's Murder Found Dead in Cell

Troy Driver was awaiting trial in kidnapping, murder of Naomi Irion

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing Nevada teenager Naomi Irion last year will never go on trial for the crime. Authorities say Troy Driver, 43, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Lyon County Jail during a routine check Sunday evening, and preliminary details indicate that he killed himself by...

Haitians Decry Kidnappings of American Nurse, Daughter

They were seized last week

(Newser) - Chants of "freedom" echoed Monday through the streets outside an aid facility in Haiti's capital, where just days earlier an American nurse and her daughter were kidnapped by armed men. Hundreds of Haitians marched through the gang-ravaged zone of Port-au-Prince, bursting with anger at the abduction, which has...

American, Daughter Kidnapped in Haiti
American, Daughter
Kidnapped in Haiti

American, Daughter Kidnapped in Haiti

(Newser) - A woman from New Hampshire who works for a nonprofit organization in Haiti and her young daughter have been reported to be kidnapped as the US State Department issued a "do not travel advisory." US officials ordered nonemergency personnel to leave Haiti amid growing security concerns, the AP...

Alabama Woman Charged With Falsely Reporting Kidnapping

Carlee Russell claimed she was taken after seeing toddler by road

(Newser) - An Alabama woman who has acknowledged making up a story that she was kidnapped along an interstate after stopping to help a child has been charged in the case, officials said Friday. Carlee Russell faces two misdemeanor counts, false reporting to law enforcement and falsely reporting an incident, that could...

Kidnapped Girl Rescued After Holding Up Sign

13-year-old was spotted by a good Samaritan

(Newser) - Police in Long Beach, California say a kidnapped 13-year-old was rescued after a good Samaritan spotted the girl's "Help Me!" sign and called 911. Police say they found the "visibly emotional and distressed" girl in a vehicle parked outside a laundromat, CNN reports. She had been...

In Houston Suburb, a 'Very, Very Evil, Evil Thing'

Couple accused of kidnapping teen, holding her captive for a month

(Newser) - An 18-year-old woman was sexually abused over the course of a month while held against her will in a Texas neighborhood before escaping her restraints and running for help, according to police. A resident of the Houston suburb of Humble tells KHOU that a "shaking" barefoot woman showed up...

She Thought Uber Driver Was Kidnapping Her, Shot Him

Phoebe Copas is now charged with murder in Texas

(Newser) - A Kentucky woman visiting her boyfriend in Texas is now charged with murder after police say she shot an Uber driver she wrongly feared was kidnapping her. According to a complaint affidavit cited by USA Today and the Washington Post , Daniel Piedra, 52, who'd started driving for Uber only...

Illinois Girl Vanished 6 Years Ago, Turns Up in North Carolina
She Was Abducted 6 Years Ago.
A Netflix Watcher Found Her
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She Was Abducted 6 Years Ago. A Netflix Watcher Found Her

Illinois' Kayla Unbehaun, 15, turns up in North Carolina; mom is arrested

(Newser) - In November, the Netflix series Unsolved Mysteries featured an episode on family abductions, including the case of Kayla Unbehaun, who vanished from South Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 9 after a visit with her mom, who didn't have custody of her. Nearly six years later, Kayla, now 15,...

Teen Says He Was 'Just Lucky' With Shot That Saved Sister

He hit attacker with slingshot from 200 feet away

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy in Michigan is being praised for his heroism—and his incredible aim. Owen Burns used his slingshot to fight off an attacker who was trying to drag his 8-year-old sister into the woods behind their Alpena Township home last week. He tells 9&10 News that he...

She Claimed a Kidnapping Attempt. Now, 'Justice'

Katie Sorensen's videos falsely accusing Latino couple of trying to abduct her kids went viral

(Newser) - A California influencer who accused a Latino couple of trying to kidnap her young kids in a Michael's craft store in Petaluma in December 2020 was found guilty this week of falsely reporting a crime. Per a release cited by CBS San Francisco , Katie Sorensen, 31, was convicted Wednesday...

Kidnapping Survivor: 'He Said He Loved Us and He Was Gone'

Two Americans recount their ordeal in Mexico on CNN

(Newser) - The two Americans who survived a deadly kidnapping in Mexico last month spoke to Anderson Cooper of CNN about their ordeal Tuesday night. LaTavia Washington McGee and Eric Williams survived, though Williams was shot in both legs, while Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown were fatally shot. The four had gone...

US Couple Abducted in Haiti
Gang Kidnaps Florida Couple

Gang Kidnaps Florida Couple

Haiti gang is demanding $200K ransom per person

(Newser) - Nikese Toussaint was at church, so she didn’t see the text message from her sister. All she knew at that point was that their brother and his wife, who live in Florida, had landed safely in Haiti to visit ailing relatives and prepare for Rara, a colorful and boisterous...

Would-Be Kidnapper Messed With the Wrong Group of Kids
Would-Be Kidnapper Messed
With the Wrong Group of Kids

Would-Be Kidnapper Messed With the Wrong Group of Kids

Police say students intervened after man grabbed kid at bus stop

(Newser) - A would-be kidnapper was thwarted after he messed with the wrong group of middle school students, police in Maryland say. Police say Jamaal Germany, 31, was arrested after an alleged kidnap attempt at a bus stop Monday morning in Gaithersburg, around 20 miles north of Washington, DC, ABC reports. "...

Kidnapped in 2016, US Aid Worker Is Freed

Jeff Woodke was held hostage in Niger by unknown group

(Newser) - An American aid worker who was kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger more than six years ago has been released from custody, the Biden administration said Monday. "I'm gratified & relieved to see the release of U.S. hostage Jeff Woodke after over 6 years in...

Girl, 13, Found Locked in Shed 2 Weeks After Vanishing

Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho, 34, reportedly smiled as charges against him were read

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who went missing from Dallas, Texas, nearly two weeks ago has been found alive in North Carolina. Police say the teen met the 34-year-old suspect, Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho, on an app and he groomed her and convinced her to run away from her family, NBC DFW...

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