July 22, 1996 |
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.
February 25, 1987 |
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.
March 6, 1997 |
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.
October 7, 2005 |
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.
November 16, 2014 |
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.
January 22, 2012 |
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.
June 28, 1997 |
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.
October 11, 1995 |
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.
April 11, 1993 |
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.
June 1, 1997 |
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.