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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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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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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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April 11, 1993 | By Loretta Tofani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wang Feng Lian, 28, had three children of her own. But that didn't stop her from kidnapping and selling someone else's child. One day three years ago, in October 1989, she and two friends kidnapped a 1-year-old boy. They boarded a train with him and rode for about 20 hours, from Shaanxi Province to Henan Province. There, they sold him. The motive: money. "He was sold for 3,800 yuan (about $650), but I only got 970 yuan (about $165)," said Wang, who never went to school.
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June 1, 1997 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Seventy-seven years ago, a sensational kidnapping rocked Montgomery County. A 13-month-old boy was snatched from his crib and later died. The kidnapper, who called himself "The Crank," exchanged ransom demands with the child's family for months before being captured. It all began when August Pasquale, 35 - having just missed the last trolley from Norristown to Philadelphia - was walking eastward toward the city one day late in May 1920, according to files of the Historical Society of Montgomery County.
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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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November 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man accused of violently abducting a 22-year-old woman from a Germantown street last week was appointed a federal defender in his first appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon. Delvin Barnes, 37, spoke only once, to ask U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacob P. Hart for a court-appointed lawyer. Hart said Barnes' monthly income and debt qualified him for a federal defender. Hart also scheduled a detention hearing for Friday. Barnes' newly appointed lawyer, Nina Spizer, said she could not comment on whether she planned to contest detention for her client.
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November 10, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
Delvin Barnes, the man accused of abducting a woman from a Germantown street a little more than a week ago and forcibly taking her to Maryland in his car, will face federal charges in Philadelphia before he will be tried in Virginia on a separate case. A federal magistrate in Philadelphia issued an order Friday, pursuant to a request by the U.S. Attorney's Office here, for Barnes, 37, to be transferred from the custody of the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia to the custody of the FBI so that he can be brought to Philadelphia.
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November 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man charged with abducting a 22-year-old Germantown woman this week has arrived in Virginia to face charges in the earlier kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl. Federal prosecutors say Delvin Barnes, 37, violently abducted nursing assistant Carlesha Freeland-Gaither from a Germantown street Sunday and drove her to Maryland. After a frantic search that involved local and federal law enforcement from three states, Freeland-Gaither was found alive in Barnes' car in Jessup, Md., on Wednesday.
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November 8, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, VINNY VELLA & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
EVEN BEFORE the clues fell into place leading investigators to rescue Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, Detective James Sloan knew two things: The 22-year-old abduction victim was more clever than her captor, and she was going to make it home safely. "I won't say something if I don't believe it," Sloan said yesterday of the promise he'd made to Carlesha's mother, Keisha Gaither, early in the investigation, that she would see her daughter alive again. The first of many clues that led to Freeland-Gaither's safe return home after authorities found her in Jessup, Md., with her alleged kidnapper on Wednesday was provided by the young woman herself, police said.
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November 5, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
SALEEM EVANS was just 14 on Nov. 16, 2011 when he and an accomplice lured a man to a Strawberry Mansion street to exact revenge for the kidnapping and robbery of Evans' dad, a local drug dealer. Their target, Timothy Hansberry, 25, arrived at 32nd and Cumberland streets at 7:23 p.m. and was promptly executed, struck down by nine to 11 bullets. Evans, of Huntingdon Street near 32nd, was arrested eight months later. His accomplice has never been identified. Yesterday, Evans, now 17, accepted a negotiated guilty plea to third-degree murder and two related crimes and was sentenced to eight to 16 years in state prison by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley.
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September 7, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
When her young nieces needed a home after they were molested by their father, Valerie Williams said she "stepped up to the plate" and took them to her West Philadelphia house. And when one of the nieces, Christina Regusters, dropped out of college in Maryland in 2012 and asked to move back in, Williams again welcomed her. But Friday, Williams, struggling to control a roiling mix of emotions, was on the witness stand telling a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury she now believes her niece was responsible for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.
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September 5, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confronted by a cousin who accused her of groping her 9-year-old daughter, alleged kidnapper Christina Regusters aborted Wednesday's trial session in an emotional outburst. "I never touched your child!" screamed Regusters, 21, in front of a surprised Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury. "That's enough!" interjected Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart as Regusters' lawyer and sheriff's deputies tried to calm her. "She's lying," Regusters sobbed as she was led from court. Defense lawyer W. Fred Harrison Jr. told Minehart that he hoped to finish questioning Regusters' cousin by the day's end. But a half-hour later, the judge called it quits.
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August 28, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christina Regusters, accused of abducting and raping a 5-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia elementary school last year, was described in court Tuesday as a responsible employee of the day-care center the victim attended after school. "She was very responsible. She fulfilled her job and was a good worker-performer," testified April Walker, co-owner of Heaven's Little Angels day-care center, during the second day of Regusters' trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. "She was excellent," testified Sherrell Carter, the Heaven's Little Angels teacher who was assigned Regusters as an assistant.
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