Latest Kidnapping News

Prosecutors: Man held woman captive for 3 days, attacked her

Jun. 22, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who worked as a security guard on Chicago's far South Side kidnapped a woman, handcuffed her, chained her in the attic of an abandoned home for three days and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said Wednesday. The 36-year-old woman was found May 21 after her...

Widow in alleged murder-for-hire case sues suspect

Jun. 22, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

The widow of a Vermont man killed in 2018 in what federal prosecutors say was a murder-for-hire is suing the California man accused of arranging to have her husband killed. Melissa Davis and the estate of her late husband Gregory Davis filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in...

Former Colombian rebel leaders recognize role in kidnappings

Jun. 21, 2022 23:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A group of former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said Tuesday that the guerrilla organization was responsible for war crimes, including the kidnapping of thousands of civilians for ransom and also holding politicians as hostages for several years in...

North Carolina man pleads guilty in fatal kidnapping

Jun. 21, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man described by law enforcement as a serial killer linked to the deaths and disappearances of at least four women pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping resulting in death. Daniel Printz, 59, of Bostic was sentenced to life in prison...

Man convicted in kidnap, slaying after bones found in yard

Jun. 19, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man has been convicted in the kidnap and slaying almost a decade ago of a co-worker whose bones were found buried in his eastern Pennsylvania yard. A Monroe County judge on Friday convicted Michael Horvath, 55, of criminal homicide, kidnapping,...

Russia frees captive medic who filmed Mariupol's horror

Jun. 18, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A celebrated Ukrainian medic whose footage was smuggled out of the besieged city of Mariupol by an Associated Press team was freed by Russian forces on Friday, three months after she was taken captive on the streets of the city. Yuliia Paievska is known in...

Man pleads guilty to killing woman, 3-year-old boy

Jun. 17, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and murder of his 3-year-old child and child’s mother. Michael Wolfe pleaded guilty Friday in Yamhill County District Court to aggravated murder and second-degree murder in the 2019 murders of Karissa and...

Nigeria funeral for church attack victims draws anger, tears

Jun. 17, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria held a state funeral Friday for nearly two dozen of the worshippers killed by gunmen at a church service earlier this month as church officials urged authorities to take swift action to avoid future tragedies. Mourners paid their respects to 22 of the...

Philippine militants accused of beheading tourists surrender

Jun. 17, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two long-wanted Abu Sayyaf militant commanders accused of beheading two kidnapped Canadian tourists and a German in the southern Philippines have surrendered to authorities, officials said Friday. Almujer Yadah and Bensito Quitino gave themselves up to...

EXPLAINER: The scandal engulfing South Africa's president

Jun. 17, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could face criminal charges and is already facing calls to step down over claims that he tried to cover up the theft of millions of dollars in U.S. currency that was hidden inside furniture at his game farm. The...