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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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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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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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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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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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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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June 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two cousins charged in the kidnapping and torture of a Jewelers Row shop employee were ordered held without bail Monday. But lawyers for Basil Buie, 26, and Salahudin Shaheed, 35, characterized the case against their clients as "thin" and based primarily on testimony from Khayree Gay, 31, a third codefendant with a "motive to lie. " "At this point, we have one source connecting my client to this crime, and it's a complicated source: Mr. Gay," Coley...
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June 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER SHE WAS tased, covered with a hood, abducted and thrown into a burgundy van in a Center City parking garage, a Jewelers Row employee was beaten during a torturous 2 1/2-hour ride in which one of her three attackers sat on her, federal authorities said yesterday. A "very heavy" man sat on the 53-year-old employee of National Watch and Diamond Exchange, said Special Agent Sarah O'Reilly of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who interviewed the victim. "Most of the time, when he was not beating on her, he was sitting on her," as the woman screamed from the pain of the beatings and from his heft, O'Reilly said.
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June 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Salahudin Shaheed made six recon trips near National Watch & Diamond Exchange to observe the store's employees, and that was how, authorities said, he identified whom he thought was the owner to rob. But Shaheed had erred. He, along with his cousin Basil Buie, appeared in federal court Friday as details of their arrests in the kidnap and torture of a Jewelers Row employee two months ago emerged. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials said three confidential sources led them to Shaheed and Buie.
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April 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man charged in the beating and kidnapping of a Jewelers Row employee this month made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon. A judge ordered that Khayree Gay, 31, be detained until his trial and appointed a public defender for him. Led into the courtroom in handcuffs, and clad in a green prison jumpsuit, Gay spoke once - to ask for a lawyer. Authorities believe Gay and two other men - who are still at large - kidnapped an employee at the National Watch & Diamond Exchange as she walked to a parking garage at Eighth and Chestnut Streets.
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April 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Click to Lifetime in May and it's more than likely you'll run across yet another abduction story - disturbing tele-movies about women who are kidnapped, tortured, and raped for weeks, months, even years. This month will see the premieres of three: Cleveland Abduction (8 p.m. Saturday), Stockholm, Pennsylvania (8 p.m. May 9), and Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story (8 p.m. May 23). Cleveland Abduction is the most brutal. It tells the true story of the three women - Michelle Knight, 21 when taken, Amanda Berry, 16, and Gina DeJesus, 14 - held in captivity for more than a decade by Ohio school bus driver Ariel Castro.
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April 23, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of a Philadelphia police narcotics squad held Rodolfo Blanco for nearly a week in a guarded airport motel room, while he lured drug suppliers from as far away as Florida to eventual arrests. But whether that operation was an appropriately supervised drug investigation in which officers took great effort to protect their cooperating witness or, as Blanco described it in federal court Tuesday, an outright abduction and shakedown, depends on who was telling the tale. "I had to do what they said - those are literally the words they used - if I wanted to see my family again," he said through a Spanish interpreter.
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April 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A SELF-DESCRIBED pastor who participated in the kidnapping of mentally disabled victims - including four found malnourished in a locked Tacony basement in 2011 - pleaded guilty yesterday to all federal charges against him. A gray-haired Eddie Wright, 54, walked into the courtroom wearing glasses, dressed in a baggy forest-green prison jumpsuit. "How are you?" his attorney, Brendan McGuigan, asked. "Pretty good," Wright replied. Wright was one of five defendants federally indicted in a scheme that authorities allege was led by Linda Ann Weston, in which the defendants conspired to kidnap, beat and keep captive mentally disabled victims to bilk them of their Social Security benefits.
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January 11, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Darby Township police officer was acquitted Friday of charges that he stalked and kidnapped two women he had stopped in separate incidents. But the Delaware County Court jury, which deliberated about three hours, found him guilty of three lesser charges, including abuse of power. Judge Mary Alice Brennan placed Christopher Scott, 36, of Wallingford, accused of soliticting sex from the 23-year-old women, on electronic home monitoring until sentencing in April. Scott cried as the verdicts were read.
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November 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A FEDERAL JUDGE ruled Thursday that a civil lawsuit can proceed against the School District of Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission and the substitute teacher on duty when a kindergartner was kidnapped from class last year and later sexually assaulted. The district had asked U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois to dismiss the complaint against the district and teacher Reginald Littlejohn, in which attorney Tom Kline argued the victim, then 5, was denied her constitutional right to personal safety at Bryant Elementary School in West Philadelphia.
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