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Kidnapping Suspect Killed in California Shootout
Murder Suspect, Daughter
Killed in Shootout
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Murder Suspect, Daughter Killed in Shootout

Police say Anthony Graziano killed estranged wife, fled with their 15-year-old daughter

(Newser) - This story has been updated with news of Savannah Graziano's death. A man suspected of killing his wife and abducting their 15-year-old daughter Monday was killed in a shootout in California Tuesday, authorities say. KTLA reports that Anthony John Graziano, 45, exchanged fire with officers after a pursuit on...

'That's the Girl! That's the Amber Alert Girl!'

Disturbing details emerge on alleged kidnapping of rescued Mikell Debina, 15, on Hawaii's Big Island

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl allegedly snatched off a beach on the island of Hawaii is now safe and sound once more, and details are emerging on what may have happened during the 24 hours she was missing. A release from the Hawaii Police Department reported that Mikella Debina was found in...

FBI Arrests Kansas Detective 12 Years After His Retirement

Roger Golubski allegedly used his position to sexually abuse two Black women

(Newser) - A homicide detective in Kansas used his position to sexually abuse two Black women, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. Roger Golubski, 69, who retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 2010, has been arrested by the FBI. The indictment charging him with six counts of deprivation of civil...

Nun's 'Peaceful Patience' Helped Her Survive Kidnapping

Sister Suellen Tennyson, who lost 20 pounds in captivity, was held for 5 months in Burkina Faso

(Newser) - Sister Suellen Tennyson sat amazed as one of her captors began washing her feet. "I was just taken aback," the 83-year-old Roman Catholic nun and former international leader of the Marianites of Holy Cross tells the Clarion Herald from a safe haven in the Archdiocese of New Orleans,...

As Her Captor Slowed Car, She Made a Desperate Move: Cops

Vancouver woman saved with help from residents in Camas

(Newser) - A man is facing kidnapping and robbery charges after a woman jumped out of the moving vehicle he was driving and sought help from homeowners near Vancouver, Washington, officials say. The woman knocked on the door of a Camas home around 4:30am Saturday, telling homeowner Jamie Woods that she...

Man Charged With Kidnapping Eliza Fletcher Has Kidnapped Before
Police Identify Body
as Missing Teacher
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Police Identify Body as Missing Teacher

Eliza Fletcher was abducted in Memphis last week

(Newser) - Update: Memphis police have confirmed the worst: A body found on Monday—days after the abduction of 34-year-old teacher Eliza Fletcher—is indeed that of Fletcher. Charges against suspect Cleotha Abston now include first-degree murder and first-degree murder in perpetration of kidnapping. Our story from Monday follows:

Eliza Fletcher Still Missing, but an Arrest Is Made

Cleotha Abston charged with kidnapping in connection with case

(Newser) - Eliza Fletcher, the 34-year-old teacher who was forced into a vehicle while she was jogging near the University of Memphis campus just before 4:30am Friday, remains missing, but an arrest has been made in the case. Memphis Police tweeted late Saturday afternoon that they had located a vehicle of...

Police Say They Have Leads in Kidnapping of Jogger

Eliza Fletcher, 34, apparently was forced into an SUV while on a morning run

(Newser) - Police said they're receiving tips in the abduction of a 34-year-old Memphis woman who was apparently forced into an SUV while on an early morning jog. Eliza Fletcher was seized on the University of Memphis campus just before 4:30am Friday, per the Commercial Appeal , and reported missing at...

Ex-Superintendent Allegedly Lured 2 Kids Into His Car

Police allege William Morrison offered to pay the children to babysit

(Newser) - As recently as 2017, William Morrison was an Ohio schools superintendent. On Thursday, he was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap two children in Huntington, W. Va. The Columbus Dispatch reports the 59-year-old, who now lives in that city, allegedly pulled up to a 9-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl he...

Prosecutors: Gang Targeting Celebs Set Its Sights on Mariah

26 are now facing charges related to the 'Drug Rich' gang

(Newser) - A violent street gang has been targeting the homes of the wealthy and famous in Atlanta, including pop star Mariah Carey, prosecutors said Monday. They announced a 220-count indictment alleging attempted murders, shootings, kidnappings, home invasions, armed robberies, and carjackings by 26 members of the "Drug Rich" gang, some...

In Plot to Kidnap Governor, 2 Guilty Verdicts

Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. face life in prison over plans to abduct Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan

(Newser) - A jury on Tuesday convicted two men of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, in a plot prosecutors described as a rallying cry for a US civil war by anti-government extremists. The jury also found Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. guilty of conspiring to obtain a...

On 10-Year Anniversary of Tice Abduction, a Message From Biden

President says 'we know with certainty' Syria has US journo, calls on Syria to 'help us bring him home'

(Newser) - Austin Tice was abducted in Syria 10 years ago this week, and no government or group has claimed responsibility or admitted to detaining him since. But on Wednesday, President Biden said "we know with certainty" that Syria has the 41-year-old US freelance journalist and Marine Corps veteran in captivity,...

2 Students Kidnapped 8 Years Ago Found in Nigeria

Boko Haram took nearly 300 girls from school in 2014

(Newser) - Two female students taken in the middle of the night by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in 2014 have been found and are receiving medical treatment, the Nigerian army said. The women apparently gave birth while held by the militants, the BBC reports, and had their children with...

Cops: Woman Posed as Nurse in Attempt to Take Newborn

California's Jesenea Miron allegedly tried to kidnap an infant

(Newser) - A woman posing as a nurse tried to steal a newborn baby from the mother's hospital room, according to sheriff's deputies in California, who've arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of kidnapping. Jesenea Miron of Moreno Valley entered Riverside University Health System Medical Center on the morning...

Cops: American Tourist Ran Out of Cash, Faked Her Own Kidnapping

Police in India say she tried to extort money from her parents

(Newser) - Police in India say a "kidnapping" they were asked to investigate turned out to be an American woman's attempt to extort money from her own parents. Police say 27-year-old Chloe Mclaughlin arrived in New Delhi on May 3 and faked her own kidnapping earlier this month after she...

Cops: Kidnapped Man Intentionally Gets Pulled Over

Police say kidnappers were forcing man to drive to Florida location

(Newser) - A Florida dog breeder who allegedly boasted online about the success of his business was kidnapped by three men who posed as dog buyers, police say. The trio robbed and assaulted the man while holding him captive for almost two days, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said in a...

Woman Flees Home, Describes Torture, Rape Over 6 Months

Peter McGuire of Chino Hills, Calif., arrested Saturday, is held without bail

(Newser) - Though a sheriff's deputy responded numerous times to a California home where a young woman was held captive and tortured over six months, help remained elusive until she managed to escape on her own Thursday, according to authorities. The 22-year-old woman, who'd unknowingly moved in with a man...

Cops: Kidnapped Woman Is Helped by Bank Employees

She asked for a 'help loan,' and police were soon on the scene in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Police in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, say a woman being held against her will managed to signal to bank employees that she needed help—and those employees picked right up on the plea. As WNEP reports, police say Wilson Medina-Garcia began holding the woman captive in her home on Tuesday, threatening to...

KFC Worker Calls 911 After Customer Writes Note for Help

Woman told Memphis police that her boyfriend was holding her against her will

(Newser) - A Memphis woman told police her partner was holding her against her will, had confiscated her phone, and punched her in the face when she tried to leave. That she was able to speak to police was thanks to her quick thinking, and a KFC worker who took action. The...

The Break-In, Kidnapping Was So Bizarre No One Believed Them

Katia Savchuk pens an incredible piece for 'Atavist Magazine'

(Newser) - Katia Savchuk's incredible piece for the Atavist Magazine is called "A Crime Beyond Belief," and that pretty much nails it. In nearly 20,000 words, she peels back the onion on a March 2015 home invasion and kidnapping in Vallejo, Calif., that was so bizarre police and...

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