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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 »

'Please Bring Cupcake Home': 3-Year-Old Kidnapped at Party

Alabama girl still missing after arrest made

(Newser) - "We're going to find her if it's the last thing I do on this earth," says Dominic McKinney, whose 3-year-old daughter, Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney, was kidnapped from a birthday party in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday night. Police say a major breakthrough in the case was... More »

Teens' Attempt at Sting Operation Misfires Dangerously

Police say suspect drove off with 17-year-old, now faces kidnapping charges

(Newser) - Police in San Diego have a message for amateur crime fighters: Leave the undercover stuff to us. That's the upshot of an unusual case in which three teens tried to catch a man they say was trying to have sex with underage girls, reports the Los Angeles Times . At... More »

Tech Exec Found Dead Hours After Kidnapping

Police in Santa Cruz believe robbery was the motive

(Newser) - A wealthy tech executive was kidnapped from his oceanfront home in Santa Cruz at 3am Tuesday and found dead later that day, police in California say. Police say they received a 911 call reporting a kidnapping and home invasion early Tuesday from the home of Tushar Atre, the 50-year-old founder... More »

The Kidnappers Put Her in a Box. It Had One Fatal Flaw

Inside the 1981 kidnapping of Ursula Herrmann

(Newser) - On Sept. 15, 1981, Ursula Herrmann vanished while making the 10-minute bike ride through the spruce forest that linked her village with another in the south of Germany. The 10-year-old's bike was quickly found. Days later came the first strange calls—silence, then the brief jingle that accompanied the... More »

Rapper Testifies That Cardi B Is a Gang Member

Tekashi69 says Cardi B is a Blood

(Newser) - Cardi B, a gang member? A rapper said so Thursday in federal court and sparked a flurry of reactions from the media and Cardi B herself. Rapper Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez, brought it up when testifying about two members of the Brooklyn gang Nine Trey Bloods who allegedly kidnapped... More »

Missing Toddler Found Dead in Park After Conflicting Stories

Nalani Johnson's dad says she was kidnapped by the woman driving them

(Newser) - Their stories clashed , but one grim detail is now clear: Nalani Johnson is dead. The 23-month-old Pennsylvania toddler's body was found Tuesday in Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County. Father Paul Johnson originally said the driver of the car he was in on Saturday drove off with the child;... More »

Cops: 7-Year-Old Girl Escapes Kidnapper's Vehicle

San Antonio man charged with grabbing girl, throwing her in his SUV

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was taking her dog out around 8:15pm on Aug. 8 outside her San Antonio apartment when a red SUV reversed toward her and stopped and a man got out, grabbed her, and threw her inside. As he waited for the gate to open so he could... More »

At FBI Agent's Retirement Party, a Wonderful Surprise Guest

Troy Sowers rescued abducted baby in 1997. Stewart Rembert, now in military, was that baby

(Newser) - Troy Sowers was a new FBI agent in 1997, with just a few months under his belt, when he had a huge get: He found a newborn who'd been abducted from a Washington state hospital, left in a box near a restaurant dumpster. It was a happy ending for... More »

Vacationing Teen's Dad Checked on Her, Found an Open Window

Nora Quoirin, a London 15-year-old with learning disability, missing from Malaysian resort

(Newser) - Nora Quoirin was enjoying a vacation in Malaysia last week, but now a desperate search effort is on for the London teen whose family says she's "not like other 15-year-olds." Nora, who has a learning disability, was staying with her parents at the remote Dusun resort , located... More »

Girl's Tragic Story Rocks Nation and Its Government

3 Romanian officials have lost their jobs over Alexandra Macesanu's disappearance

(Newser) - The plight of a missing girl has rocked Romania and forced three officials—including the nation's education minister—out of their jobs. The tragic story hinges on emergency phone calls made by Alexandra Macesanu, 15, saying she had been kidnapped and raped after disappearing Wednesday while hitchhiking with a... More »

After Woman Was Abducted, She Noticed the Orchids

Nathalie Birli says she gained her freedom by talking about them

(Newser) - An Austrian triathlete survived a kidnapping in which she was hit by a car, tied up with duct tape, and held for hours at a remote house before convincing her abductor to release her, police said. An unidentified 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Austria's Cobra special forces, per... More »

'Main Hypothesis' Changes in Case of Tycoon's Missing Wife

Police now say Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen may have been killed

(Newser) - The wife of one of Norway's richest men who was apparently abducted eight months ago might have been killed, police said Wednesday, adding they "cannot exclude a staged kidnapping to hide it." Authorities have been tight-lipped about the case of 69-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who was last... More »

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