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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
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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...

Prosecutors: He Kept Her Where She Was 'Not Likely to Be Found'

Houston authorities say Abraham Bravo Segura kept woman captive in trailer for 4 years

(Newser) - Deputies arrested a Houston man this week, and court records say he's being charged with kidnapping for holding a woman captive in his trailer for about four years. Abraham Bravo Segura, 42, was hit with the felony charge after his Wednesday arrest, for allegedly "secreting and holding" the...

2 of the Americans Abducted in Mexico Are Dead
2 of the Americans
Abducted in Mexico Are Dead
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2 of the Americans Abducted in Mexico Are Dead

Two survivors are rescued, brought to Texas

(Newser) - (Updated with new details throughout.) A road trip to Mexico for cosmetic surgery ended with two Americans dead—and two others found alive in a rural area near the Gulf coast—after a violent shootout and abduction, officials said Tuesday. The surviving Americans were sped to the border near...

Americans Kidnapped in Mexico Identified

Relatives say 4 friends from Carolinas had traveled to Mexico so one could get a medical procedure

(Newser) - More details are emerging on the abduction of four Americans who crossed into Mexico from Brownsville, Texas, on Friday. CBS News , which confirms from US officials that one "innocent" Mexican citizen was killed by gunmen during the kidnapping in Matamoros, has identified the Americans as Latavia "Tay" McGee,...

What We Know About Americans Abducted in Mexico


What We Know
About Americans
Abducted in
Mexico
the rundown

What We Know About Americans Abducted in Mexico

4 people in van with North Carolina plates are missing, reportedly went there to buy medicine

(Newser) - Details remain scant Monday about the fate of four Americans who were abducted in Mexico late last week. A look at what's currently known:
  • Victims: The FBI did not release details about who they are or where they were going. However, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
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He Was Kidnapped, Then Got Prison Time Himself

'This is one of the strangest cases in the history of that courthouse,' man's own lawyer says

(Newser) - Two years ago, Jolen "Jay" Michael Ghorbani was kidnapped at gunpoint, beaten, and robbed, but luckily, the Virginia man survived the attack, and the perpetrators were arrested and sentenced to prison. Now, however, Ghorbani himself has been hit with jail time, after Maryland prosecutors say he threatened and attempted...

Cops: Woman Held for a Year Manages to Escape Kidnapper

James W. Parrillo charged with kidnapping, strangulation

(Newser) - A woman who police say was held against her will in what's being described as a "year-long, cross-country kidnapping" escaped from the New Jersey home where she was currently being held and ran to a gas station, where she told two attendants she had been kidnapped by "...

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