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July 22, 1996 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
The molester who is stalking the children of Kensington and Feltonville is still on the loose. A possible suspect questioned by police Friday has an alibi for at least one of the abductions, Lt. Ken Coluzzi, of the sex-crimes unit, said yesterday. "There's a good chance he will be ruled out. " Since June 28, four young girls have been kidnapped from their homes in the middle of the night by a strange man, driven around for a while, then returned and dropped near their homes.
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February 25, 1987 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia yesterday sentenced a Lancaster County man to up to 18 years in prison on a kidnapping charge and said the case was a "classic" example of why motorists shouldn't pick up hitchhikers. U.S. District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer said the defendant, Howard Peters, 24, had committed "an uncivilized, animalistic and brutal crime" after thumbing a ride for himself, his crippled common-law wife and their two dogs Oct. 10 on a highway in Virginia. The couple commandeered the car of a 17-year-old college student who was threatened with a knife, beaten by Peters to the point of semi-consciousness, thrown in the car's trunk, robbed of about $16 and taken to Pennsylvania, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald K. Noble.
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March 6, 1997 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
As a kidnapper, Rafael Rivera was a total bust last June 25. First of all, he abducted the wrong man. The he became frustrated when the victim's sister-in-law was unable to make a $40,000 ransom demand. And, finally, he made the biggest blunder a kidnapper can make. Rivera, 23, of Ella Street near Westmoreland, made all his phone demands for cash from the same public phone booth. The cops traced the calls to the booth near B Street and Erie Avenue, and when they arrived, Rivera knew he was hung up. He couldn't escape and was taken into custody.
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October 7, 2005 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The search continued yesterday for a man who abducted two Burlington County women in Pemberton Township and later raped one of them, police said. The women, ages 18 and 23, told police that they were walking on Circle Drive in the Browns Mills section late Wednesday when a driver pulled up, leveled a handgun, and ordered them into his beige SUV, police said. The abductor, described as heavyset and about 5-foot-10, drove through several sections of the township before stopping on an isolated road and forcing out the 23-year-old, said Sgt. David Jantas, spokesman for Pemberton Township police.
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November 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Virginia man charged in the kidnapping of a 22-year-old Germantown woman entered a not-guilty plea in federal court Friday. Delvin Barnes, 37, was ordered held without bail until his trial on Jan. 12, according to court documents. He was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on charges of kidnapping and transporting Carlesha Freeland-Gaither to Jessup, Md. Freeland-Gaither was found in Barnes' car and rescued by federal agents last week. According to court documents, Barnes admitted after he was captured to abducting her, and Freeland-Gaither identified him as her captor.
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May 20, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A MAN WHO allegedly committed one rape in Kensington and attempted another in Logan on the same day earlier this month was apprehended last night, according to a spokesman from the U.S. Marshals Service. Manuel Cintron, 24, of 6th Street near Luzerne in Hunting Park, was taken into custody without incident at a house on Montour Street near Princeton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia's Burholme section, said Jim Burke, supervising deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia.
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January 22, 2012 | By P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press
DENVER - A missing 9-year-old girl escaped from an apparent kidnapper and called 911 herself from a convenience store in Colorado Springs on Friday. The Pueblo girl was reported missing Thursday night after she didn't return home from school. The suspect, Jose Garcia, 29, is also a suspect in an alleged molestation involving a different girl, Pueblo Police Capt. Eric Bravo said. The car of the accused kidnapper broke down Friday morning in Colorado Springs, and a passerby gave them a ride to a Circle K store, police said.
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March 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
From the window of his cell in the Federal Detention Center in Center City, Khayree Gay can see the parking lot several blocks away where he made the decision that derailed his life. There, nearly a year ago, he and two other men dragged a 54-year-old Jewelers Row shop clerk into his van in a plot to rob her store. They bound her with zip ties and beat her. They Tasered her at least seven times while threatening her life. Their assault has left the woman permanently injured and afraid to leave her house.
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June 28, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The admitted kidnapper's apology was not good enough. Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin told Anthony Pack, 25, that invading the home of the owner of a North Philadelphia restaurant and terrorizing the family before kidnapping the wife and her 9-year-old son was so "horrendous" that he deserved severe punishment. So, Temin yesterday sentenced Pack to 16 to 60 years in jail, bringing tears to members of his family. Assistant District Attorney Terri Domsky said Pack and another man forced their way past Enh Ly in the early morning of Oct. 6, 1996, and after beating her husband, tied them both to a radiator and ransacked the house.
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October 11, 1995 | by Kevin Haney and Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writers
He's every parent's worst nightmare, and he's loose in the Northeast. Police are seeking a man, possibly carrying a gun, who attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl on her way to school yesterday. Police suspect the same man abducted two 12-year-old girls on Saturday before releasing them unharmed in Center City four hours later. The man is described as white with reddish brown hair and a mustache, about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, medium build, in his 20s or 30s, with very hairy arms and hands.
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March 26, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A woman is suing the Philadelphia NAACP and State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, among others, claiming that they failed to pay her rewards they offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a woman who abducted a 5-year-old girl from a West Philadelphia school in 2013. In a civil suit filed March 17 in Common Pleas Court, the woman, identified as "Jane Doe," said that the rewards had "induced" her to provide tips to police and that her tips led authorities to the kidnapper, Christina Regusters.
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March 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
From the window of his cell in the Federal Detention Center in Center City, Khayree Gay can see the parking lot several blocks away where he made the decision that derailed his life. There, nearly a year ago, he and two other men dragged a 54-year-old Jewelers Row shop clerk into his van in a plot to rob her store. They bound her with zip ties and beat her. They Tasered her at least seven times while threatening her life. Their assault has left the woman permanently injured and afraid to leave her house.
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January 13, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
JUST DAYS into 2016, one Delaware County teen already has made his bid for the stupidest criminal of the year, by showing up for a follow-up meeting he'd scheduled with an elderly woman he had kidnapped and robbed the day before, according to police. Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain said the suspect, 17-year-old Jason Donte Hayes, was surprised when he was met in a shopping center parking lot by police instead of the victim. "We were the last ones he was waiting to see. He was waiting for a little old woman," Splain said.
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November 12, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MANVEER SINGH'S faith helped save a life Wednesday. Literally. The wiry gas-station clerk used his silver Sikh bangle - and considerable gall - to scare off a carjacking suspect who had allegedly kidnapped a doctor in Center City and had dragged her all the way to the Exxon where he works in Port Richmond. "I wasn't worried about my safety," Singh, 25, said Wednesday night as he demonstrated how he had held the bracelet, called a  kara , in his fist hours earlier. It's a thin metal band that symbolizes a Sikh's unbreakable attachment to God. "I was worried about my customers; they are all my brothers and sisters.
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October 22, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE OF TWO MEN allegedly behind a violent home invasion and kidnapping yesterday morning was captured by police when he returned the kidnapping victim to her Kensington house while cops were still on the scene investigating the crime. The suspect, Edwin Velez, 28, of Frankford Avenue near Church Street, has been charged with kidnapping, robbery, unlawful restraint and related offenses, East Detectives Capt. Mark Burgmann said at a news conference. Three people were inside the home on F Street near Clearfield when the two robbers entered by unknown means at 2:27 a.m., according to police.
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October 7, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE LITTLE GIRL, dressed in a long-sleeved pink shirt with a black T-shirt with stars and peace signs over it, walked with her mother to the jury box yesterday to give a victim-impact statement. "I think what she did to me was wrong, and I think she shouldn't do it to anybody else," the girl, now 8, said in a soft voice, as she sat next to her mother. The girl was 5 years old in January 2013 when she was taken out of her class at Bryant Elementary School in West Philadelphia by a woman dressed in Muslim garb who pretended to be the girl's mother.
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September 12, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Virginia man whose abduction of a Philadelphia nursing student triggered a three-state, multiagency search last year described the kidnapping Thursday as "an act of desperation. " Speaking publicly for the first time as he pleaded guilty to a federal kidnapping charge, Delvin Barnes, 38, told a federal judge that he was on the run from authorities in his own state and looking for money to visit his young daughter when he snatched the 22-year-old woman off a Germantown street corner.
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September 11, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
PRESSED BY a federal judge to explain why he kidnapped a 22-year-old stranger in Germantown last year, then drove her bound in his car trunk to Maryland, Delvin Barnes, speaking publicly for the first time about the abduction yesterday, claimed it was an "act of desperation. " Barnes, 38, a Philadelphia native who most recently had been living in Virginia, told U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner: "I ran out of money, so I was waiting on the corner" of a street in Germantown. "I grabbed the wrong person actually," he said, without explaining what he meant.
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August 26, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IT APPEARS THAT Delvin Barnes, the man accused of kidnapping a woman on a Germantown street in November, and driving her to Maryland, will plead guilty next month, a week before he is set to face trial. A notice for a Sept. 9 change-of-plea hearing was filed yesterday for Barnes. He had previously pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in November. Barnes, now 38, was scheduled for a Sept. 14 trial before U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner. He is accused of kidnapping Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, a woman whom he did not know, at about 9:40 p.m. Nov. 2, as she walked on Coulter Street near Greene in Germantown.
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