Latest Kidnapping News

17-year-old charged in kidnapping ending in Houston shooting

Mar. 24, 2023 22:37 PM EDT

A 17-year-old has been charged with kidnapping two migrants whose rescue this week from a Houston hotel by FBI agents after days of captivity ended in gunfire that killed another suspect. Josiah Jackson was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated kidnapping in the abduction of...

California jailbreak mastermind sentenced for daring escape

Mar. 24, 2023 19:40 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for kidnapping and mutilating a marijuana dispensary owner was given an additional sentence Friday for masterminding a daring, elaborate escape from a Southern California jail. Hossein Nayeri, 44, was sentenced to the maximum...

Reports: Islamic State kidnaps dozens in Syria, dead found

Mar. 24, 2023 17:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Members of the Islamic State group have kidnapped dozens of people in a central province and the bodies of some have been found with their throats slit, an opposition war monitor and pro-government media reported Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human...

Florida Legislature moving quickly on DeSantis priorities

Mar. 24, 2023 17:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — From expanding gun rights to going after “woke” investors, the Florida Legislature is quickly moving on a list of bills that will give Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis conservative-pleasing policy successes as he prepares to launch a presidential campaign. ...

Authorities: Suspect fatally shot during rescue of migrants

Mar. 23, 2023 20:38 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A hostage rescue that left a suspect fatally shot Thursday in Houston began days ago when three migrants were kidnapped from a vehicle in a neighboring county, according to a prosecutor. The three migrants had been traveling in a vehicle on Interstate 10 in the...

Prosecutor: Hostage rescue in Houston began days ago when 3 migrants kidnapped from neighboring county

Mar. 23, 2023 15:11 PM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutor: Hostage rescue in Houston began days ago when 3 migrants kidnapped from neighboring county.

Brazil police foil gang plot targeting Carwash judge Moro

Mar. 22, 2023 12:42 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Federal police raided locations in several states Wednesday to crack down on a gang accused of plotting assassinations and kidnappings of public officials including a former judge who presided over Brazil’s biggest corruption case. One of the suspects' targets...

Macron welcomes back to France journalist freed in Mali

Mar. 21, 2023 19:39 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French journalist who was held hostage by Islamic extremists for nearly two years in Mali was welcomed home by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, one day after his release. Olivier Dubois was kidnapped in April 2021 in northern Mali, a region wracked by...

Kidnappers who snatched San Jose baby are sentenced

Mar. 20, 2023 20:13 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two people who kidnapped a 3-month-old baby from his San Francisco Bay Area home last year were sentenced Monday to prison. Yesenia Ramirez was sentenced to 13 years and four months in prison. Jose Portillo received five years. The two pleaded...

Gun used in kidnapping of Americans in Mexico came from US

Mar. 20, 2023 19:26 PM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who admitted to purchasing firearms that he knew would be going from the U.S. to a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in Texas after the discovery that one of the weapons was linked to the deadly kidnapping of four Americans, according federal court records. ...