Latest Kidnapping News

Alabama man faces 2nd execution date this year for killing

Oct. 21, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

An Alabama man who avoided execution in February is scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the 1991 killing of a woman taken at gunpoint from an ATM location and shot in a cemetery. Willie B. Smith III, 52, is set to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT at a...

Man indicted in theft of food delivery van with kids inside

Oct. 20, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who allegedly stole a food delivery driver’s minivan with the driver’s two toddlers inside has been indicted by a grand jury in San Francisco on 12 counts including kidnapping, carjacking and robbery. German Morazan, 27, was indicted...

Feds: Seminole man pleads guilty in connection to 2 killings

Oct. 20, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Seminole man who was a member of a Native American prison gang pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges connected to separate homicides, federal prosecutors announced. Matthew Onesimo Armstrong, 32, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma,...

Efforts drag on to free 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct. 20, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Efforts to win the return of 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group and a local driver stretched into a fourth day Wednesday, with a violent gang demanding $1 million ransom per person. The group seized includes five children aged from...

Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

Oct. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group demanded $1 million ransom per person, although authorities were not clear whether that amount included the five children being held, a top Haitian official said Tuesday. The...

Anatomy of a kidnapping: Haitian woman recounts abduction

Oct. 19, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — When Doris Michel steps outside her home in Haiti, she packs her bulletproof vest and tries to use a bulletproof car. Ever since her father was kidnapped last month in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the 34-year-old Haitian-American woman...

Strikers protest Haiti's lack of security after kidnappings

Oct. 18, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The usually chaotic streets of Haiti’s capital were quiet and largely empty Monday as thousands of workers angry about the nation’s lack of security went on strike in protest two days after 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group were abducted by a...

Woman sentenced to prison program in Idaho kidnapping case

Oct. 18, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to a prison treatment program for what prosecutors said was her role in a violent kidnapping and torture case. Seventh District Judge Bruce Pickett said Laura Zamudio, 30, would spend up to four years in prison if...

Pair indicted in hostage-taking death of San Diego teen

Oct. 18, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been indicted on drug-trafficking and hostage-taking charges in connection with the killing of a San Diego teenager in Mexico. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old victim, identified in court papers only by his initials, stole...

Judge denies request to block lethal injection in Alabama

Oct. 18, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to block Thursday’s scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate convicted of the 1991 kidnap and murder of a woman abducted outside an automatic teller machine. U.S. Chief District Judge Emily Marks on Sunday denied a...