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Missing Missouri Children Found in Florida Supermarket

Their non-custodial mother, Kristi Gilley, is arrested

(Newser) - Police in Florida have located two children who were abducted from Missouri almost a year ago, reports WFLA . The children were discovered in a supermarket in High Springs with their mother, 36-year-old Kristi Gilley, who does not have custody of them. All three were using different identities, say police. Gilley...

Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Friend, Taking Baby

Magen Fieramusca was sentenced to 55 years

(Newser) - A Texas woman accused of killing a close friend who had just given birth in 2019 and abducting the baby as part of an elaborate scheme to pass the infant off as her own pleaded guilty to murder charges Thursday, prosecutors said. Magen Fieramusca, 37, was sentenced to 55 years...

Police: On-the-Lam Torture Suspect Is Dead

Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, per Oregon cops

(Newser) - Police on Tuesday said the case of a man wanted in Oregon for a violent kidnapping case had been "resolved." Now, an update: Benjamin Obadiah Foster is dead. A Grants Pass Police Department rep tells KTVL that the 36-year-old suspect died after being taken to the hospital with...

Cops: Torture Suspect Is Using Chilling Way to Avoid Capture
Cops: Standoff With
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Cops: Standoff With Torture Suspect 'Resolved'

Oregon police say Benjamin Foster has been taken into custody

(Newser) - A standoff on Tuesday involving a man suspected in a violent kidnapping in Oregon who was barricaded underneath a home has been “resolved,” police said, per the AP . Grants Pass Police Lt. Jeff Hattersley told KTVL-TV Tuesday evening that Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, was underneath the house in...

Cops 'Laser-Focused' in Felon Manhunt in New Torture Case

Oregon cops are searching for Benjamin Obadiah Foster, suspected of holding woman captive

(Newser) - Police in southern Oregon were searching Thursday for a man accused of torturing a woman he held captive, less than two years after he was convicted in Nevada of keeping another woman in captivity for weeks before the victim managed to escape. Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman said in...

Cops: Man Tried to Pull Bikini Barista From Drive-Thru

Unnamed suspect to be charged with attempted kidnapping, say police in Auburn, Washington

(Newser) - A bikini barista was working alone at a drive-thru coffee shop in Washington state around 5am Monday when a pickup truck driver tried to abduct her through the drive-thru window, police say. Surveillance video shows a driver at Beankini Espresso in Auburn grabbing the barista's arm with his left...

Man Gets 72 Years for 1984 Crimes He Says He Can't Recall

Michael Sharpe, who claims memory issues, sexually assaulted 4 women, prosecutors said

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Connecticut man who received the maximum sentence of 40 to 72 years in prison for kidnapping four women in 1984 apologized in court Monday, despite saying he had no recollection of his crimes. "I don’t know what happened," said Michael Sharpe, whom police identified as...

Women, Children in DRC Raped, Tortured in Droves: UN

New report details deteriorating situation as M23 rebels overrun eastern part of Congo

(Newser) - The accounts are haunting. Abductions, torture, rapes. Scores of civilians, including women and children, have been killed by M23 rebels in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, per a UN report. In addition, the rebels have forced children to be soldiers, according to the 21-page report by...

Abducted Twins Are Found 175 Miles Apart

Kyair and Kason Thomass found safe after Ohio kidnapping; suspect arrested

(Newser) - An infant has been found alive in Indianapolis three days after he and his twin brother were abducted outside an Ohio pizzeria; a suspect has been arrested in their kidnapping. "A photo is worth a thousand words," the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department tweeted Thursday night, showing 5-month-old Kason...

She Vanished From Her Home. A FedEx Driver Has Been Arrested

Tanner Lynn Horner is accused of abducting Athena Strand, 7, from her Texas home, killing her

(Newser) - After an intense search for a missing girl involving the FBI, the US Marshals Service, the Texas Rangers Division, and the state's Department of Family and Protective Services, grim news out of North Texas. At a Friday night press conference , Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin announced that the body...

Her Book About Her Kidnapper Triggers Effort to Free Him

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy cites discrepancies between book, testimony

(Newser) - Sharon Muse Johnson's 2020 book is titled, Kidnapped by a Client: The Incredible True Story of a Lawyer’s Fight for Justice. Now some are taking issue with that "true" part and are fighting to get a man's conviction overturned. Frankie Covington is 16 years into a...

Pelosi Suspect When Told to Drop Hammer: 'Ummm Nope'

Charging document details what happened between Paul Pelosi, suspect in Oct. 28 break-in

(Newser) - David DePape, the suspect in the attack last month on Paul Pelosi , was indicted Wednesday on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping. Politico notes these charges handed down by a federal grand jury supplant similar ones filed in an earlier complaint . The six-page document details how the San Francisco Police...

Family Is Still Searching for Girl Kidnapped in 1971

They're investigating a new tip about Melissa Highsmith, who would now be 52

(Newser) - Melissa Highsmith was 21 months old when she was kidnapped in Fort Worth, Texas, more than 50 years ago, but family members have never given up hope of seeing her again—or, for younger brother Jeff Highsmith, meeting her for the first time. Jeff Highsmith and his father have traveled...

Judge: In 35 Years, I've Never Seen This in Court

Juror in Gov. Whitmer kidnap trial dismissed for apparently flirting with one of the defendants

(Newser) - A judge has dismissed a young woman from the jury hearing the trial of three men in connection with a 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after attorneys accused her of flirting with one of the defendants, per the AP . Judge Thomas Wilson announced Friday that the woman...

Man Arrested After Woman in Metal Collar Flees Home

She said Missouri man Timothy Haslett held her captive for a month

(Newser) - A Missouri man was arrested Friday after a malnourished woman wearing a metal collar with a lock on the front ran from his home and begged neighbors for help. Timothy Haslett, 39, has been charged with kidnapping and rape and investigators are trying to determine whether there were other victims,...

He Was Walking During Rush Hour. Then a Car Pulled Up

Cops in Pasadena searching for man they say was abducted off street in broad daylight on Thursday

(Newser) - Just days after the kidnapping of a California family that ended in tragedy , a man remains missing after an assault and abduction in Pasadena that happened in the middle of the day. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) says the victim was strolling on Thursday near the 210...

Another Suspect Nabbed in Case of Murdered Calif. Family

Alberto Salgado, brother of suspect Jesus Salgado, charged with conspiracy, destroying evidence

(Newser) - Update: The brother of a man accused of abducting and murdering a family of four in California has himself been arrested. In a statement , the Merced County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that 41-year-old Alberto Salgado, brother of murder suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado, had been arrested the previous night and...

'I Think I Am Going to Have to Kill This Girl'

Cops say that's what Daniel Chacon's uncle claims his nephew told him day before mom of 4 was slain

(Newser) - Two days after a mother of four's body was found in her SUV in Texas, and after an extensive manhunt, her ex-boyfriend has been nabbed in Mexico. Officers from the Pasadena Police Department confirmed Thursday that Daniel Chacon, 30, the primary "person of interest" in the murder of...

Surveillance Video Released in Kidnap of California Family

Person in custody has been violent 'every time he has even come near consciousness'

(Newser) - Police searching for a missing family in central California have released surveillance video showing the moment they were kidnapped at gunpoint from their trucking business in Merced. Police say the video shows an armed man taking brothers Jasdeep and Amandeep Singh out of a building Monday morning with their hands...

Cops: Person of Interest in Family's Kidnapping Tried to Kill Himself

Jesus Manuel Salgado is in critical condition

(Newser) - Update: A person of interest in the disappearance of a California family is in custody and is in critical condition after trying to kill himself, police say. Authorities say 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado's suicide attempt happened before law enforcement tracked him down, the Fresno Bee reports. Four family members,...

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