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Couple's 'Nightmare' Uber Driver: 'I Have Never Been That Scared'

With 2 passengers in car, Olufemi S. Olomola is accused of chasing another driver

(Newser) - It wasn't the date John Murray and Tameka Swann expected, or wanted. WTVR and CNN report that the husband and wife from Richmond, Va., were picked up by an Uber around 8pm Monday to take them to dinner, but the night started off with a jolt when someone rear-ended... More »

Cops: OSU Players Raped Her. Then a Video Was Made

Amir Riep, Jahsen Wint accused of Feb. 4 assault at Columbus apartment

(Newser) - Two Ohio State football players have been suspended following their arrests on felony rape and kidnapping charges. Cornerback Amir Riep and safety Jahsen Wint, both 21, are charged with rape with the threat of force and kidnapping with engaging in sexual activity stemming from an incident on Feb. 4. According... More »

US Forces Search for Kidnapped American

Illinois contractor was captured in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Months after the Taliban released two hostages, an American and an Australian, another American has been taken in Afghanistan. Mark Frerichs, 57, of Lombard, Illinois, was kidnapped last Friday, Newsweek reports. Frerichs is an executive for a US contractor, International Logistical Support, and a former diver for the Navy. No... More »

Woman Charged With Killing Friend to Get Her Newborn

Magen Fieramusca charged with murder of Heidi Broussard

(Newser) - Magen Fieramusca has been officially charged with the murder of her close friend Heidi Broussard, whom she's accused of asphyxiating in the process of kidnapping Broussard's newborn daughter. Fieramusca was arrested on two counts of kidnapping and one count of tampering with a corpse after Broussard's body... More »

Fast-Thinking Couple Helps Save Abducted Girl

Husband and wife's pursuit of suspicious car helps cops find an abducted 11-year-old girl

(Newser) - A couple said Friday that their fight-or-flight instinct kicked in when they spotted a car wanted in the abduction of a girl after she got off a school bus in Springfield, Massachusetts, per the AP . Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, spouses Benny Correa and Amanda Disley described recognizing... More »

She Was Captive for a Decade. But 'He Couldn't Break Me'

Michelle Knight on Ariel Castro and making the most of life

(Newser) - There's no need to be pessimistic about 2020. "You can overcome all obstacles that stand in your way," says Michelle Knight, who experienced more than enough hardships before spending 11 years as Ariel Castro's sex slave in Cleveland. "You name it, I went through it,... More »

Inspiration for Unite the Right Rally Charged With Kidnapping

Augustus Invictus also charged with domestic violence in SC

(Newser) - A white nationalist who inspired the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping. Augustus Invictus, 36, was arrested Monday at a mall in Florida, where Brevard County Sheriff's deputies had been surveilling him since Christmas Day, per CBS News . They'd initially... More »

Man Grabs Subway Rider, Runs Off With Her

Vigilantes got to Sonny Alloway, 48, before police did

(Newser) - Bronx subways are known to be edgy, but this? A rider was caught on cellphone video picking up a young woman and carrying her off the train as she screamed to be set free, NBC News reports. Police say the incident occurred Sunday at Morrison Avenue-Soundview Station in New York... More »

Russian Opposition Leader: Staffer Abducted, Sent to Arctic

Alexei Navalny says Ruslan Shaveddinov was forcibly 'conscripted' for military service

(Newser) - The Russian military says it's simply making a 23-year-old draft dodger fulfill his one-year conscription—but President Vladimir Putin's main opponent is calling what happened earlier this week a kidnapping. The Guardian reports that Ruslan Shaveddinov, an activist and project manager at opposition leader Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption... More »

'My God, What?': Woman Learns Friend Was Suspect in Interview

The 2 women had discussed the search for Heidi Broussard daily

(Newser) - Caressa Nolte said she met Heidi Broussard and Magen Fieramusca 24 years ago at church camp. Broussard and Fieramusca stayed best friends. Nolte and Fieramusca fell out of touch, but since Broussard and her infant daughter disappeared on Dec. 12, the two began talking on the phone every day. "... More »

NYC Kidnapping Case Takes a Strange Turn

Teen allegedly staged her own abduction

(Newser) - A bizarre twist in a kidnapping case that rattled New York City on Monday: Police sources tell the New York Times that Karol Sanchez, the 16-year-old seen on surveillance video being snatched off a Bronx street and bundled into a car Monday night, has admitted staging the kidnapping to get... More »

Teen Snatched Off Street in NYC Found

Karol Sanchez was walking with her mom when a sedan pulled up

(Newser) - New York City was rattled by the apparent abduction of a 16-year-old girl this week, but on Tuesday came amazing news: She's been found safe. It was a scene that occurred around 11:20pm Monday in the Bronx and was captured in a grainy surveillance video (see it here... More »

Teacher: Act of Kindness Could Get Me 15 Years

Amy Martz says she only wanted to help a little girl

(Newser) - A Utah teacher says she was just trying to help a little girl find her parents. The result: a first-degree kidnapping charge. Amy Martz, who teaches sixth grade at Fox Hollow Elementary in West Jordan, calls the felony charge "life-altering." "I've dedicated my life to helping... More »

8 Hours After Girl Snatched From Street: 'We Got Her!'

Michael Webb, 51, will serve life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - Police officers storm a Texas hotel room with guns drawn before the moment of relief comes. "We got her! We got her!" an officer says as an 8-year-old kidnapping victim emerges from a laundry basket where she'd been told to keep quiet on threat of violence against... More »

Cops Share Video of Possible Kidnapping

Doorbell camera records woman's screams from car

(Newser) - A doorbell camera may have captured a kidnapping in Los Angeles. At the very least, the Ring camera attached to a home in the Leimert Park neighborhood recorded a woman's screams as she was whisked away in a speeding car around 11:20pm Tuesday, reports People . "Help me,... More »

A Woman in a 'Disheveled State'; a Father and Daughter Arrested

Police say father and daughter kidnapped acquaintance, left her to die

(Newser) - Military police officers at California's Edwards Air Force Base called in multiple police departments and the FBI after finding a woman "in a disheveled state and in need of emergency medical attention" Wednesday, per a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office press release . Now, a father and his... More »

After 'Someone Doing the Right Thing,' an Arrest

Cops say Ibraheem Yazeed was at Aniah Blanchard's last known location

(Newser) - A man is in custody on kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter, who has been missing for more than two weeks . Alabama police say Ibraheem Yazeed was at the Auburn convenience store where 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard was last seen on Oct. 23 and... More »

Cops: Woman Escapes Assault in Brutal Way

Police say she severed alleged assailant's penis in Greenville, SC

(Newser) - A registered sex offender is out on bond after allegedly assaulting a woman, who police say defended herself by severing his penis with her teeth. A naked woman fled a house in Greenville, SC, on Aug. 8 before finding help at a Waffle House, where employees gave her clothes, reports... More »

Body of Kidnapped Girl, 3, Found in Dumpster

'Tonight our entire city is mourning. Kamille is gone'

(Newser) - Heartbreaking news from Alabama: The body of kidnapped 3-year-old Kamille McKinney has been found, more than a week after her father pleaded for people to "please bring me my Cupcake back home." Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith says the body of Kamille, who was last seen at an... More »

One Year After Abduction, Jayme Closs Speaks

'I feel stronger every day!' 14-year-old says, once more living the life of a 'typical teenager'

(Newser) - A year ago Tuesday, Jayme Closs' parents were killed and the young teen was abducted from her Wisconsin home. Today, nine months after she escaped from her captor, the 14-year-old is doing well. "Jayme continues to work very hard on her emotional well-being," a family statement reveals, per... More »

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