Latest Kidnapping News

Bystanders thwart attempted kidnapping at mall

Sep. 23, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say quick-thinking bystanders helped thwart an attempted kidnapping a shopping mall in Vancouver, Washington. Police say Steven Hayes tried to drag a 14-year-old out of the Vancouver Mall on Saturday and remains in jail Monday on $500,000 bail. KOIN reports that when the...

Albuquerque police: Woman missing, not a kidnapping victim

Sep. 22, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say they've determined a woman who reportedly was kidnapped is no longer considered a kidnap victim. But they say 37-year-old Chamisa Toya still is considered missing and they were searching for her Sunday. Police originally were told Toya was taken by force...

Witnesses detain man suspected of kidnapping attempt at mall

Sep. 22, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 49-year-old man was detained after an apparent kidnapping attempted at the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver, Washington. Television station KOIN reports the man on Saturday grabbed a 14-year-old and attempted to drag the child out of the mall. The victim fought back and the suspect ran....

No bond for corrections officer accused of rape, kidnapping

Sep. 22, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Bail has been denied for a South Florida corrections officer accused of kidnapping and raping a woman he was supervising on house arrest. A judge on Saturday ordered Yulian Gonzalez held on no bond. Local media reports the Miami-Dade corrections officer has been charged with four counts of...

Vigil held for 5-year-old who vanished from New Jersey park

Sep. 22, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of people have attended a vigil for a 5-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a southern New Jersey park. Family, friends and supporters gathered Saturday night for a vigil at the park in Bridgeton where Dulce Maria Alavez disappeared Monday. Supporters lit...

Man sentenced for tying up and robbing victim during escape

Sep. 20, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man will spend 15 years in prison after tying up a 73-year-old man while on the run from court-ordered drug rehabilitation. David Todd Johnson of Glen was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to kidnapping, armed robbery and jail escape in Lee...

Man gets 30 years for kidnapping woman missing since 2013

Sep. 19, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a South Carolina man to 30 years for kidnapping a woman he was having an affair with who hasn't been seen for nearly six years. A Horry County jury found Sidney Moorer guilty Wednesday. His wife, Tammy Moorer, began serving a 30-year sentence for kidnapping Heather...

Man charged in kidnapping of ride-share driver in California

Sep. 19, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area authorities have charged a man in connection with the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of a Lyft driver last week. The Richmond Police Department said Wednesday prosecutors charged Marcus Dean with kidnapping and attempted murder after he allegedly held...

Missouri man charged with holding woman against her will

Sep. 19, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been charged with holding a woman against her will for nearly two months and assaulting her repeatedly. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 37-year-old Joshua Bedell is jailed on $100,000 bond on one count of kidnapping and multiple counts of sodomy and...

Man found guilty of holding woman captive, raping her

Sep. 19, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man has been convicted of holding a woman against her will in her suburban Kansas City apartment for several weeks and sexually assaulting her. The Kansas City Star reports that jurors found 38-year-old Anthony Darryl Allen guilty Wednesday of one count aggravated kidnapping and two...