April 7, 1990 |
Some Chinatown merchants had already closed up shop for the night when the man with long black hair took little Andy Siu. It was Monday. Andy had been playing with his 5-year-old brother Victor behind a broad storefront window at their family's restaurant supply store, Tung Yute Inc., in the 200 block of North 11th Street. In a back room, the boys' mother, Hsiu Siu, was cooking dinner. It was 6:15 p.m. when she heard Victor scream: "They took Andy!" The 3-year-old boy with fat cheeks and a mop of straight black hair had just become the first kidnap-for-ransom victim in the city in at least 15 years, police would later say. It would all end happily after three hellish days for the hard-working immigrant Cantonese family.
September 4, 2011
The Kidnapping That Changed America By Carrie Hagen Overlook. 336 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Bill Kent They may not be as notorious as Bruno Hauptman or Loeb and Leopold, but William Mosher and Joseph Douglas have their own loathsome place in American criminal history. In 1874, the two lured a pair of young Germantown brothers away from their home in what the author says is the first kidnapping for ransom in the United States. The crime created a sensation in a city getting ready to welcome the world to the Centennial Exposition of 1876.
August 11, 2000 |
The two accused kidnappers were just trying to do a guy a favor, argued the defense lawyer: Save the alleged victim from himself. Forcing a 21-year-old Roxborough man into a car and taking all of his belongings was an act of kindness, defense lawyer Guy R. Sciolla said yesterday. Sciolla said that when Peter Potoma, 19, of Calumet Street near Ridge Avenue, and Franco Capabianco, 21, of Lauriston Street near Ridge Avenue, muscled Sean Fenerty into a car, they wanted to keep him from blowing his money and jewelry on drugs on March 7, 1999.
February 7, 1990 |
The husband of a woman charged with abducting her baby from a foster home was acquitted yesterday of kidnapping charges. Common Pleas Judge Paul Silverstein acquitted Kwang Ying Tiong, 62, of kidnapping his 2-year-old daughter in July 1988, but found him guilty of interfering with the custody of a child and endangering the welfare of a child in another incident in June 1988. In the other incident, police said Tiong's wife, Feng Ying Chen, 43, allegedly injected their daughter, Ying Zhang, repeatedly with a homemade potion on June 17, l988, in an effort to bring down a fever.
June 6, 2003 |
Eight-year-old kidnap victim Erica Pratt took the witness stand with a big smile yesterday in a crowded courtroom in the Criminal Justice Center, but soon the engaging little girl in the pink pants suit turned shy and then glum. Despite a prosecutor's gentle efforts to ask her about the ordeal in which she was snatched off the street July 22 and held for $150,000 ransom, Erica was unable to identify James Burns, the man on trial in Common Pleas Court charged with her abduction.
May 29, 2009
THE DAMSEL-in-distress report of a kidnapping of a white mother and child by blacks was not only false but racist. This woman should be charged with discrimination. Do people actually realize how much distress this caused the black community? And to demonstrate how unimportant she believes black men are to Philadelphia police, this damsel charts off to Disney World with her child. Unfortunately, this false report probably caused police to make many illegal stop-&-frisks and illegal arrests, all under the guise of probable cause.
December 16, 1987 |
A Moorestown couple and a Los Angeles man were charged with kidnapping yesterday for their alleged roles in the cross-country abduction of the couple's 13-month-old son from the California home of his adoptive parents. Bonnie Kiefer, 42, and her husband, Francis, 41, were charged with kidnapping of a minor and child abduction, said Andy Reynolds, a spokesman for the Los Angeles district attorney, who filed the charges. Jonathan H. Cosby, 27, of Los Angeles, was charged with kidnapping, abduction and the use of a firearm, Reynolds said.
November 1, 1992 |
A Honey Brook man has been accused of kidnapping and stabbing a rural Coatesville man who had just left a Coatesville restaurant after having breakfast with his mother. Mark Evans, 21, of the 300 block of South Birdell Road, was charged with attempted homicide, robbery, simple and aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, receiving stolen property, theft, making terroristic threats, harassment, criminal mischief and weapons offenses. Coatesville Police gave this account in an affidavit: At 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24, the victim, a 42-year-old man, came out of the Little Chef restaurant, 152 Strode Ave. As he and his mother got into her car, Evans jumped into the back seat and said he had a gun. The victim's mother jumped out of the car, and Evans moved to the front seat and pulled out a knife.
March 11, 1990 |
Rape, kidnapping and drug charges were filed against a Philadelphia man who police said held a Coatesville woman hostage in her Regency Park apartment for two days. Dwight A. Paige, 40, of the 5800 block of Willows Avenue, was arrested without incident when, "for no apparent reason," he walked out of the Victoria Drive apartment building at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Coatesville Police Capt. Anthony Massarotti said. Inside the apartment police found the 29-year-old woman and her 18-month- old daughter.
March 12, 1993 |
The man convicted of having 3-year old Andy Siu kidnapped from his father's business in Chinatown in 1990 for a $150,000 ransom was jailed yesterday by a federal judge for 15 years and eight months. The defendant, Michael Chang, 45, of Atlantic City, a waiter and former partner in a Chinese restaurant in Cherry Hill, also was fined $5,000 by U.S. District Judge James T. Giles. Sentencing guidelines required a prison term of between 151 and 188 months and Giles chose the stiffest after Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Godshall called the kidnapping "a heinous, brutal crime.