Latest Hostage situations News

4 face charges of holding NY couple hostage in Quebec

Sep. 30, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

MOIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Four people face charges after a couple from northern New York was held hostage in the Quebec city of Magog, Canadian authorities said Wednesday. Surete du Quebec Sgt. Stephane Tremblay said James Helm Sr., 76, and Sandra Helm, 70, of the Franklin County town of Moira were found safe...

Indonesian hostage dies in Philippine army, militant battle

Sep. 30, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the five Indonesians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines was killed Wednesday during a clash with troops, an Indonesian official said. La Baa was shot during an army operation against the Islamic State-linked group in Sulu province’s...

New Mexico man facing life in prison in hostage taking case

Sep. 29, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hatch man has pleaded guilty to a charge of hostage taking in New Mexico and could be facing a life prison sentence. Federal prosecutors said 23-year-old Mario Balcazar remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing. They said Balcazar faces up to life in federal prison....

3 dead, 1 hurt in Salem hostage incident, police shooting

Sep. 29, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three people are dead and one was seriously injured in a hostage incident in a Salem, Oregon, home, in which a deputy fired gunshots, police said. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, the...

Police: Multiple people dead in Salem 'hostage situation'

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A possible “hostage situation” led to a fatal shooting after police responded to a home in the west Oregon city of Salem, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived at the home at 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's office. Once deputies...

Greek police arrest 3 human traffickers, free 7 captives

Sep. 27, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Sunday they have arrested three men of Pakistani origin for keeping seven people, including an Afghan family of four, whom they had helped cross into Greece, hostage and demanding money to release them. Police raids in two places outside the northern city of...

Mother of IS member loses bid to block UK evidence transfer

Sep. 22, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group lost a court challenge Tuesday to the British government’s decision to share evidence about her son with American authorities. El Shafee Elsheikh and another British...

FILE - This photo taken July 5, 2016, shows Amer Fakhoury, owner of Little Lebanon To Go restaurant in Dover, N.H. Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied, died Monday,  Aug. 17, 2020, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He had been diagnosed with State 4 lymphoma while in prison.  (John Huff/Foster's Daily Democrat via AP, File)

Family of late NH man held in Lebanon starts foundation

Sep. 12, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The family of an American man who was jailed for months in Lebanon over decadesold murder and torture charges that he always denied has started a foundation in his name to help families of Americans held hostage overseas. Amer Fakhoury, a Dover, New Hampshire, restaurant owner, died of...

Man charged with killing 71-year-old in hostage incident

Sep. 12, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with holding three relatives hostage and killing one of them in a central Missouri home. KRCG reports that 57-year-old Terry Ewens, of Eldon, was charged Friday with first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault, first-degree burglary, two counts of...

President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump lauds Medal of Honor recipient for hostage rescue

Sep. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on a U.S. soldier Friday, calling him “one of the bravest men anywhere in the world” for his role in a daring 2015 missio n to rescue dozens of hostages who were set to be executed by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Trump...