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Hostages Told to Cling to Car Hoods or Be Shot in Face

They're speaking out after ordeal in Aracatuba, Brazil

(Newser) - Brazilian bank robbers strapped hostages to the hoods and roofs of getaway vehicles early Monday, and now those victims are speaking of their ordeal. One said they were told their options were to hang on or be shot in the face: "I was put onto the [hood] of a...

Attempted Bank Robbery Turns Into Hostage Situation

Standoff ends after 8 hours

(Newser) - A standoff at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, bank ended Thursday night around 10:30pm after starting almost nine hours earlier. Police were called to the Wells Fargo branch around 1:45pm to reports of a possible robbery in progress, the St. Cloud Times reports. It turned into a hostage situation,...

Inmate Killed After Taking Corrections Officer Hostage

He also freed several inmates

(Newser) - An inmate at an Oklahoma jail was fatally shot by authorities Saturday after taking a corrections officer hostage. Per NBC News , the unnamed inmate at Oklahoma County jail grabbed the officer while medication was being distributed on the jail's 10th floor. Per the AP , the suspect then used the...

Update on Missing Dubai Princesses Has Cops Involved

Before she went silent, 'hostage' Princess Latifa urged help for her sister, Princess Shamsa

(Newser) - Princess Shamsa, a daughter of Dubai's ruler, was 18 when she fled from her father's estate in Surrey, England, in 2000. She was nabbed on a street in Cambridge two months later and hasn't been seen in public since, though Cambridgeshire police are now looking into the...

Cops: Doc Who Killed Austin Pediatrician Didn't Know Her

Texas authorities look for clues in apparent murder-suicide that left pediatrician Lindley Dodson dead

(Newser) - Details continue to emerge out of Texas after what the Austin Police Department deems a murder-suicide involving two doctors who apparently didn't know each other. Per witnesses and police statements, the Austin American-Statesman reports that Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, 43, showed up at Children's Medical Group on Friday asking...

Hostage Situation in Austin Doctor's Office Ends in Deaths

2 people were found dead after the SWAT team entered the facility

(Newser) - A more than six-hour hostage situation at a doctor's office in Austin, Texas, has ended with two people dead. Police were notified at 4:30pm Tuesday and spent hours attempting to communicate with those inside. The American-Statesman shares some of the lines SWAT team negotiators were overheard saying via...

'They Were All Dead': SEAL Team Saves US Missionary

Philip Walton is rescued from captors in Nigeria, officials say

(Newser) - The Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 rescued an American hostage Saturday in an operation that apparently killed most of his captors, ABC News reports. According to US officials, the commandos managed to free 27-year-old Philip Walton in Nigeria while killing six of his seven captors. "They were all...

3 Dead in Oregon Hostage Situation
3 Dead in Oregon
Hostage Situation

3 Dead in Oregon Hostage Situation

Boy, 11, among the dead

(Newser) - Three people were shot dead during a hostage situation in Oregon Monday, including the suspected gunman, authorities said Tuesday. Police said that when they arrived at the Salem home Monday afternoon, Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco, 34, was keeping two adults and two children hostage, reports CNN . Police say deputies had established...

5 Dead, Dozens Arrested After Church Hostage Situation

Incident in South Africa 'may have been motivated by a feud' between church members

(Newser) - Five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a long-troubled church near Johannesburg, police in South Africa said Saturday. A statement said police and military who responded to reports of a shooting at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church headquarters in Zuurbekom...

Robber Sexually Assaults Hostage at Bank: Police

Nicholas August, 39, is arrested in Illinois

(Newser) - A man armed with a pellet gun who took a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank sexually assaulted her before surrendering to authorities following a six-hour standoff, police said Saturday, the AP reports. Nicholas August, 39, of Rockford, was being held Saturday at the Winnebago County Jail on $2 million...

Birdwatcher Held 7 Years Is Killed During Rescue Raid

Dutch photographer Ewold Horn was kidnapped by militants in Philippines in 2012

(Newser) - He'd survived seven years of captivity by militants in the jungle in the Philippines, but Ewold Horn did not live through a daring rescue attempt by soldiers. The 59-year-old Dutch birdwatcher/photographer was killed when Filipino soldiers engaged in a 90-minute firefight with Abu Sayyaf militants on the island of...

Hostage Last Seen in Video 2 Years Ago May Be Alive

John Cantlie was kidnapped in 2012

(Newser) - In November 2012, British war photographer John Cantlie and American journalist James Foley were kidnapped in Syria and held by ISIS. In August 2014, Foley was beheaded. Now comes word that the British government believes Cantlie is still alive more than six years later, and still being held by ISIS....

Freed Hostage Mom Played Beheading Game With Son

In an effort to make him less afraid, says Caitlan Coleman Boyle

(Newser) - The American hostage mom who was freed five years after being captured by the Taliban-related Haqqani network is detailing the abuse she suffered to ABC News in hopes that those responsible will see some measure of justice for the "human rights violations" committed against the family. Caitlan Coleman Boyle,...

Lebanon President: Saudis Are Holding Our PM Hostage

It's Michel Aoun's strongest statement since Saad al-Hariri resigned

(Newser) - Lebanon President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his family hostage. It's the first time since al-Hariri's sudden resignation earlier this month that Aoun has explicitly accused Saudi Arabia of holding him, Reuters reports. Al-Hariri resigned during a trip...

Calif. Father Fatally Shot After Taking Teacher Hostage

SWAT team moved in after more than 6 hours

(Newser) - A parent's dispute with staff members at the California school where his daughter is in first grade escalated into a fight, a hostage-taking, and a fatal shooting Tuesday. Police in Riverside say 27-year-old Luvelle Kennon was shot when a SWAT team stormed the classroom where he'd been holding...

Taliban: Kidnapped US Professor Is Extremely Sick

Kevin King's condition worsens by the day, militants say

(Newser) - An American professor kidnapped in Afghanistan more than a year ago is extremely ill and getting worse all the time, the Taliban says. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says 60-year-old Kevin King has "dangerous" heart and kidney diseases that have "exponentially worsened" during his time in captivity. "His...

His Plan: Ride Across Africa. He Was Captured in Timbuktu

The story of Johan Gustafsson's nearly 6 years with al-Qaeda

(Newser) - Johan Gustafsson spent more than five years learning Arabic, French, and local African languages. The alternative might have been going mad. Gustafsson was abducted from his hotel terrace in Timbuktu, Mali, on Nov. 25, 2011, reports the Local . The then-36-year-old had been in the city just 24 hours, as part...

Tourist Kidnapped by al-Qaeda Freed 6 Years Later

Swede Johan Gustafsson had been held in Mali

(Newser) - A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday. There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, from South Africa, who was also seized in Timbuktu. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom...

Trump White House Tried to Free US Hostage in Syria

CIA chief had secret talks for journalist Austin Tice, but to no avail

(Newser) - The Trump administration has been trying to get another US hostage home: Austin Tice . The New York Times reports that clandestine talks between CIA director Mike Pompeo and Syrian intelligence chief Ali Mamlouk began in February to initiate the release of the American journalist and former Marine, who went missing...

Cops: Tourist Held, Raped Over 2 Months in Australia

Cairns man in custody after traffic stop on Sunday

(Newser) - "Horrific," "catastrophic," and "terrifying" are just a few words police in Queensland, Australia, are using to describe a two-month ordeal during which they say a British woman was held captive, beaten, and raped by a former lover. Authorities say the 22-year-old woman from Liverpool had...

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