Latest Extortion and threats News

2 officers shoot, kill Wyoming man armed with edged weapon

Jan. 16, 2022 18:50 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Two police officers shot and killed a man who reportedly charged at them with a “large edged weapon,” police in Gillette said Sunday. Officers responded at 7 a.m. to a report that the suspect had made threats and refused to leave a residence, the Gillette...

Alabama deputy hurt, man shot during arrest attempt

Jan. 12, 2022 08:26 AM EST

CLEVELAND, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama deputy was injured and a man was shot by officers as authorities attempted to arrest a suspect wanted for making threats, state police said. Deputies from Etowah County, Blount County and an FBI agent attempted to arrest Stevie B. Holmes, 40, of...

Families separated at border now fear extortion attempts

Jan. 11, 2022 00:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the 30-year-old Honduran woman, the worst seemed to be over. She’s been reunited with her son who, as a 6-year-old, was separated from her under the Trump administration. She’s working construction in North Carolina. And attorneys were negotiating a payment for families...

56 inmates injured in Mexico prison riot over extortion

Jan. 08, 2022 20:12 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A riot erupted inside a northern Mexico prison over prisoners trying to extort money from others and 56 inmates were inured, authorities said Saturday. Officials said the riot began Friday at the Apodaca prison, just outside the city of Monterrey. ...

Report alleges deputy held naked man at gunpoint for hours

Jan. 08, 2022 13:36 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida corrections deputy allegedly held a naked man at gunpoint, filmed him for hours, forced him to sign a $30,000 contract, and threatened to send incriminating video to his family and church, according to an investigative report from the Orange County Sheriff’s...

North Carolina man accused of setting fire at duplex

Jan. 07, 2022 14:08 PM EST

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police have accused a North Carolina man of setting a duplex on fire and trapping a resident inside the building by holding a door. Firefighters in Thomasville responding to a fire on Wednesday evening found both units engulfed in flames, news outlets...

Michigan man gets life for killing at Muskegon Lake condo

Jan. 07, 2022 09:55 AM EST

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting the son of a man he had feuded with at a condominium where both men lived. A Muskegon County Circuit Court judge sentenced Paul Gabriel, 63, on Thursday in the September...

Maryland man sentenced for murder-for-hire plot, extortion

Jan. 07, 2022 08:42 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for his role in a plot to kill a restaurant owner and his partner over an unpaid debt, a federal prosecutor said. According to his plea agreement and other court documents, Stepfen Gerard Gaither, 30, of...

Police: Man with knives threatened to cut off officer's arms

Jan. 06, 2022 13:51 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Grand Island man found with several knives on him threatened to cut off a police officer’s arms before he was arrested, police said. Ignacio Contreras, 57, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, running a stop sign and...

Alaska man who threatened US senators pleads guilty

Jan. 04, 2022 20:35 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rural Alaska man who threatened to kill the state's two U.S. senators in a series of profanity-laced voice messages left at their offices in Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to making the threats in exchange for having other charges dropped. Jay Allen...