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April 7, 1990 | By Ralph Cipriano Donna St. George and Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writers Staff writer Peter Landry and correspondent William H. Sokolic contributed to this article
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.
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August 11, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 7, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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December 16, 1987 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
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June 6, 2003 | By L. Stuart Ditzen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 1, 1992 | By Wendy Walker, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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March 11, 1990 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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March 12, 1993 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 7, 2016
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty in federal court to kidnapping two women in November and forcing them to withdraw money from ATM machines. Nathaniel Rodriguez, 41, faces a possible life sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. On Nov. 6, Rodriguez forced a 30-year-old woman to withdraw about $400 from two cash machines on South Street before he fled in a cab. Five days later, he kidnapped another woman and forced her to drive from Center City to an ATM near Aramingo Avenue and I-95.
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July 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
By any measure, federal authorities said Thursday, she is an extraordinary young woman. A 24-year-old nursing assistant who, from the moment she was violently snatched off a Germantown street two years ago, had the presence of mind to leave behind the trail of clues that eventually would aid in her rescue. One who, even while locked in the trunk of her abductor's car as he drove her across three states, attentively noted the noises his tires made as he switched from paved to unpaved roads - a trick she'd picked up from a movie.
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June 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Four Southwest Philadelphia men were found guilty Monday of various charges in the 2013 kidnapping and attempted murder of a man lured into a drug sale after he won several thousand dollars at SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men deliberated for six days, after hearing three weeks of testimony, before returning guilty verdicts against Christopher Cooley, 33; Timothy Gooden, 38; Shaheed Smith, 37; and Kylieff Brown, 28, in the Dec. 8, 2013 incident involving Kevin Slaughter.
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June 8, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
THE CRIME is so new, the FBI doesn't really know how bad it is, but it knows ransomware extortion is a bad and growing threat. Ransomware is the umbrella name for different cybercrime viruses that kidnap your computer and hold it for ransom. The computer never leaves your home or business, but one type of virus freezes it, while another encrypts your files so you can't access them. Attacks are often accompanied by official-looking "notifications" on the monitor screen. In each case, the criminal hackers promise to release your computer in exchange for payment, which is ransom.
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May 7, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The mother played with her toddler just a few feet from the stroller holding her 7-week-old infant at the King of Prussia Mall. Cherie Amoore walked by, noticed the family, and stopped to talk. The meeting on March 31, replayed through mall surveillance footage in a courtroom Thursday, appeared friendly at first. But the interaction turned sinister when Amoore took the baby and fled, prosecutors alleged during a preliminary hearing for Amoore on kidnapping and other charges. "She waited for [the mother]
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April 25, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
When it comes to being a tool, Kevin Reeve wants his students to be Swiss Army knives, not just hammers. Hammers, Reeve says, view their problems as nails, and the three men attending his "Urban Escape and Evasion" class out by Philadelphia International Airport learned quickly Thursday morning that it takes diverse skills to survive the end-times he whipped up on a PowerPoint presentation. Being a nail is worse than being a hammer, though, and that's why Reeve, 59, was carrying more blades than a butcher.
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April 22, 2016
A 27-year-old Norristown man was charged with kidnapping and related offenses for allegedly abducting a 2-year-old boy and a puppy from his girlfriend's Coatesville home Sunday. Larry Allen Sample allegedly took his girlfriend's son and dog from her home in the 400 block of Maple Avenue during a domestic dispute around 4:20 a.m., said Chester County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Noone. Police issued an alert for Sample's 2004 black Lincoln sedan, and it was stopped at 4:47 a.m. by Tredyffrin Township police on Route 202 near the Valley Forge exit.
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April 15, 2016 | By George de Lama, For The Inquirer
Every evening, shortly before dusk, they gather slowly on a lonely dirt patch near Unity Fountain, a forlorn landmark in the middle of a major thoroughfare running through the heart of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. There are men and women, young and old, from the countryside and the city - about two dozen in all. Surrounded by traffic whizzing by on both sides, they quietly set out white plastic chairs and sit vigil for the victims of one of the most notorious crimes of our time, a barbaric act that few believe will ever see a modicum of justice.
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April 10, 2016
A 34-year-old Camden man was sentenced Friday to 74 years in prison for kidnapping and shooting of a woman he allegedly had previously assaulted and who remains in a vegetative state. Allan Mattocks must serve at least 64 years before becoming eligible for parole for his conviction on kidnapping, attempted murder, witness tampering, witness retaliation, aggravated assault and other offense, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. Prosecutors said Mattocks kidnapped the then 48-year-old Camden woman on April 12, 2013, shot her in the head and dumped her in a vacant lot in East Camden's Marlton section.
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