Latest Hostage situations News

Girl recognized for bravery during 2018 hostage situation

Jan. 28, 2020 6:55 AM EST

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — For 32 hours, 10-year-old Mikylah Blackburn was held hostage over a year ago by the man who authorities said killed her father. She has now been recognized for using her cellphone to communicate with officials, which a sheriff's office in Mississippi said saved the lives to two...

Endangered Maui birds to be moved in effort to save species

Jan. 28, 2020 5:43 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said. A decision about the plan to save the endangered kiwikiu is expected at a meeting of project partners...

Growing outcry in Ethiopia over abducted university students

Jan. 27, 2020 8:53 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians are expressing anger and frustration over several university students, most of them female, who remain missing after their kidnapping two months ago. A growing social media campaign echoes the #BringBackOurGirls activism in Nigeria over the mass kidnapping there of...

Islamic extremists kill Nigerian pastor, attack his hometown

Jan. 22, 2020 7:28 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed a Christian pastor who had pleaded for his life in a video just days earlier, and a human rights activist said Tuesday that other extremists attacked his hometown on the same day. The Rev. Lawan Andimi was abducted earlier this month when Boko...

Indonesia says 5 citizens kidnapped by Philippine militants

Jan. 21, 2020 12:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Tuesday that five of the country's citizens have been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines. The five being held hostage were among eight Indonesians on a Malaysian fishing boat that was fishing in Malaysian waters before it was...

Prosecutors recommend probation for teen's hoax SWAT calls

Jan. 9, 2020 1:11 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who admitted in court to making hoax phone calls to authorities in a half-dozen states should receive a one-year sentence with credit for time served, an Ohio prosecutor said. David Dorbish Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a court in Youngstown to charges that...

FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007, left, gets a hug from Babak Namazi, right, the son of Baquer Namazi who has been held in Iran, following their testimony before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Death of Iran general spurs anxiety over fate of US hostages

Jan. 7, 2020 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran, one month after the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope. The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing home hostages held abroad, but the prospect of a...

This booking photo provided by the Rockford, Ill., Police Department shows Nicholas August, 39, who was charged Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He is being held on $2 million bail. Police say he entered a Rockford, Ill., bank on Friday, took a woman hostage and sexually assaulted her during a standoff with police. (Rockford Police Department via AP)

Police: Robber sexually assaulted hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 4, 2020 11:42 AM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — 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. Nicholas August, 39, of Rockford, was being held Saturday at the Winnebago County Jail on $2...

Suspect surrenders after taking hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 3, 2020 10:41 PM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said at a news conference that the suspect "willingly" walked out of the Heritage Credit Union around 9 p.m. CST Friday. The...

Man holds 5 hostage, including a relative, before release

Jan. 3, 2020 2:12 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Five people in Alabama are free after being held hostage on New Year's Day before letting them go. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it received a call Thursday from a woman who reported the situation at a home in Fairfield. When deputies responded, they found five people...