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  • Man accused of kidnapping, inappropriately touching child

    September 18, 2016 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge man was arrested Saturday after kidnapping a 7-year-old boy, driving him to an interstate exit then touching him. According to arrest records, 33-year-old Deandre Contrill Nixon was visiting the victim’s mother at Baton Rouge Saturday. The victim’s mother had known Nixon... more »
  • Gonzales man charged with kidnapping homeowner

    July 7, 2016 5:36 PM

    GONZALES – Deputies in Ascension Parish charged a man with kidnapping and damage to property after they say he stole money from a home and kidnapped the owner. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Austin Roddy refused to leave a Gonzales home Wednesday night. Deputies say Roddy... more »
  • BRPD: Man in custody after stand off with police

    May 26, 2016 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The BRPD Special Response Team has a man in custody for a possible kidnapping on Evangeline Street off Longfellow Drive. Officers arrested and charged 41-year-old Frederick Harris for second degree kidnapping, domestic abuse battery, simple criminal damage to property and simple assault following an incident on... more »
  • Man accused of kidnapping woman from casino, raping and robbing her

    May 10, 2016 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say they’ve arrested a man accused of robbing, kidnapping and raping a woman after he picked her up at an area casino while she was intoxicated. 42-year-old John Mack, of Baton Rouge, was booked on charges of simple robbery, second degree kidnapping, simple battery, unauthorized... more »
  • BRPD arrest man for rape, kidnapping and domestic abuse

    April 27, 2016 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- BRPD arrested 38-year-old Damion Thompson for the kidnapping, rape and beating of a Baton Rouge woman on Tuesday. According to BRPD, the incident took place late Monday night when the victim was with two of her friends at her apartment in the 2100 block of 75th Avenue. Thompson... more »
  • Strip club helps in arrest of man wanted for attempted kidnapping

    April 25, 2016 1:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Michael Elliot for aggravated kidnapping, attempted armed robbery and false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon after the help from a strip club manager. The incident occurred on Apr. 7 around 10 p.m. when the victim and his friend were at... more »
  • Mom of Baker man killed by Florida cop says he 'snapped' Play Video

    April 21, 2016 12:27 PM

    MIAMI - Police say a Florida officer fatally shot a shotgun-wielding man from Baker, who had kidnapped a woman and forced her into the back seat of a vehicle. Francis Scot Dufore, 41, left Louisiana for Florida earlier this week. His mom says the trip was for a court... more »
  • EBRSO looking for man who beat and kidnapped ex

    April 5, 2016 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man that robbed, beat and kidnapped a victim following a breakup. 23-year-old Corey Williams is wanted for home invasion, simple robbery, 2nd degree battery, aggravated kidnapping, and simple criminal damage to property. According to reports, Williams broke... more »
  • Two abducted teens rescued by State Police on I-10

    March 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    CONVENT - Two abducted teenagers from North Carolina were rescued and will be reunited with their family later today after Louisiana State Police arrested their uncle on I-10. State Police released the details of the case around lunchtime Tuesday. Troopers said Jose Melchor, 40, of Clemmons, NC, was attempting... more »
  • Pointe Coupee shooting began as kidnapping in Avoyelles Parish Play Video

    February 16, 2016 5:35 PM

    INNIS - A "vigilante" shooting in Pointe Coupee Parish Monday afternoon happened after a kidnapping in Avoyelles Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. Investigators say 40-year-old Mario Celestino kidnapped his ex-girlfriend's mother and demanded the location of her daughter. While traveling through Pointe Coupee Parish, a sheriff's deputy pulled... more »
  • Plaquemine Police officer accused of attacking, kidnapping wife pleads no contest

    February 16, 2016 4:52 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A Plaquemine Police Department officer accused of attacking and kidnapping his estranged wife pleaded no contest to second degree battery and malfeasance in office charges in court Tuesday afternoon. 28-year-old Justin Bush received a suspended sentence of five years of Department of Corrections hard labor, followed by... more »
  • Grand jury indicts men accused of kidnapping, 1st degree murder of BR couple Play Video

    February 4, 2016 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grand jury has chosen to indict two men accused of kidnapping and killing a Baton Rouge couple last year. 42-year-old Ernesto Alonso and 48-year-old Frank Garcia each face two counts of second degree kidnapping and two counts of first degree murder for their reported role... more »
  • Today: Duplantier murder suspects set for grand jury hearing

    February 4, 2016 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A grand jury is expected to meet today to determine the official indictments against the two men accused of killing an elderly couple in Baton Rouge. Ernesto Alonso, 42, and Frank Garcia, 48, were arrested in connection to the kidnapping and murders of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier. The... more »
  • Ponchatoula Police take to Facebook to stop kidnapping rumors

    February 1, 2016 3:28 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Police took to social media Monday afternoon to squash rumors circulating that claimed a man was trying to abduct women in the Ponchatoula area. Ponchatoula Police said the response stemmed from a recent Facebook post that claimed a white man in a green truck was trying to... more »
  • Man who allegedly went to DC to kidnap Obamas' dog arrested

    January 8, 2016 6:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials in Washington say they've arrested a North Dakota man who allegedly traveled to the nation's capital to kidnap a dog belonging to President Barack Obama. D.C. Superior Court documents say Secret Service agents interviewed Scott D. Stockert of Dickinson, North Dakota, at a Washington hotel after... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in 25-year-old Ascension Parish murder case

    January 8, 2016 6:06 PM

    GONZALES - A man confessed he killed a woman 25 years ago inside an Ascension Parish courthouse this afternoon. Kenneth Lavigne, who is now 50 years old, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and second degree kidnapping charges for the death of his uncle's ex-wife, Jeannie Lavigne, who was 38 years... more »
  • Police officer accused of beating, kidnapping wife

    January 6, 2016 11:26 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Plaquemine Police officer Tuesday on charges he attacked and kidnapped his estranged wife. Deputies accused 28-year-old Justin Bush of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and malfeasance in office. Sheriff Brett Stassi said they were notified Tuesday that Bush's wife called Plaquemine... more »
  • APSO searching for Baker woman for kidnapping, battery

    December 13, 2015 3:26 PM

    BAKER – Deputies are looking for a Baker woman who investigators said hit an employee multiple times with a handgun and left in a ditch Saturday. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said 36-year-old Tondalynn Abraham is wanted for aggravated battery and aggravated kidnapping. Investigators said Abraham was traveling... more »
  • Man indicted in shooting of student accused of rape, kidnapping

    December 10, 2015 5:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The man indicted in the shooting of a Tulane medical student has been accused of kidnapping and raping a couple. Investigators tell news outlets video and DNA evidence link Euric Cain to the couple's kidnapping and rape which took place less than 24 hours after student Peter Gold... more »
  • Second Duplantier murder suspect en route to Baton Rouge

    December 8, 2015 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police confirmed Tuesday that the second man accused of killing a Baton Rouge couple is on his way back to Louisiana from Florida, where he was arrested. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said 48-year-old Frank Garcia is flying in to be booked into the East Baton... more »
  • Duplantier murder suspect arrives in Louisiana Play Video

    December 4, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man accused of murdering two Baton Rouge residents and fleeing to Florida is back in Louisiana according to authorities. Baton Rouge Police confirmed 42-year-old Ernesto Alonso was extradited to the state Friday. A second suspect in the murders, 48-year-old Frank Garcia, remains in Florida. ... more »
  • Michigan fugitive captured in New Orleans

    December 4, 2015 10:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal investigators in New Orleans arrested a fugitive wanted on a kidnapping charge in Michigan. 21-year-old Jacob Chox was arrested outside a Mid-City home on Thursday as part of a multi-state investigation. The arrest was part of an on-going multi-agency investigation including officers in Louisiana, Texas and Michigan.... more »
  • Police ID man accused of shooting Tulane medical student

    November 22, 2015 6:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police have identified a man accused of shooting a medical student who stopped an apparent kidnapping. Police say 21-year-old Euric Cain of New Orleans is wanted on charges of armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder. Tulane University and Crimestoppers are offering up to... more »
  • BRPD: Duplantier double murder suspects have ties Play Video

    November 19, 2015 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Stolen property landed a second man in Jail in Florida with links to a double murder in Baton Rouge last month. Frank Garcia, 48, now faces murder and kidnapping chargers for the deaths of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier in their Highland Road home. Investigators say Garcia is... more »
  • Accused Duplantier killer has first appearance before judge Play Video

    October 22, 2015 12:54 PM

    FT. LAUDERDALE - The man accused of kidnapping and murdering a Baton Rouge couple had his initial court appearance in Florida early Thursday morning as he awaits extradition proceedings. A judge said 42-year-old Ernesto Llerena Alonso of Baton Rouge would be held with no bond pending extradition back to... more »
  • Ex-Uber driver pleads guilty to rape

    October 17, 2015 12:20 PM

    WOBURN, Mass. - A former driver for the ride-hailing service Uber has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping a woman, and was sentenced to serve 10 to 12 years in prison. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says 47-year-old Alejandro Done pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated rape, kidnapping, and assault and... more »
  • State police say recent Amber Alert met criteria

    September 21, 2015 7:33 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - From television break-ins, radio broadcast to cell phones, hundred of thousands of people got the message Saturday that a child was taken and in harm's way. "90,000 cell phones went off in Tiger Stadium, said State Trooper Lt. J. B. Slaton. "You can't put a price on... more »
  • Zeroing-in on a 40 year old murder case

    July 16, 2015 9:01 PM

    WASHINGTON- The uncle of a man arrested in the 40-year-old kidnapping and murders of two sisters from Maryland is now part of the focus of investigators. They believe he may have been involved in the crime and the cover-up. Investigators say 70-year-old Richard Welch sexually assaulted at least one... more »
  • Accused kidnapper held without bond

    May 12, 2015 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge's decision in a courtroom Tuesday means a man who faces new charges of aggravated kidnapping and an earlier child abuse charge in November 2013 incident involving his son will not be getting out of jail. Judge Trudy White placed a bond hold on Curtis... more »
  • Accused kidnapper has criminal past involving children Play Video

    May 7, 2015 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As a murder investigation continues in Baton Rouge, court records show a criminal history linked to children for a man accused of kidnapping a murdered woman's daughter. Wednesday night Baton Rouge Police arrested 24-year-old Curtis King and 22-year-old Daaria Thomas for allegedly kidnapping 2-year-old A'Kyleana "AK"... more »
  • Couple questioned in child's kidnapping, mom's murder

    May 7, 2015 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With two people in custody accused of kidnapping a murdered woman's child, police are continuing questioning and still on the lookout for witnesses Thursday. Police identified the two suspects in custody late Wednesday as Curtis King, 24, and Daaria Thomas, 22, both of Baton Rouge. They... more »
  • Suspect arrested in 'best-dressed bandit' robberies

    April 30, 2015 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a tip led them to arrest a Baton Rouge man suspected of being a well-dressed bandit who robbed local gas stations and kidnapped a woman. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said officers arrested 53-year-old Michael West Thursday on suspicion of armed robbery at his home on... more »
  • 'Best dressed bandit' wanted after robbery, kidnapping

    April 28, 2015 11:52 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Sheriff's deputies said a well-dressed man robbed a gas station Tuesday morning in West Baton Rouge Parish and kidnapped a clerk at gunpoint, later releasing her unharmed. Deputies said the man, wearing a tie and dress slacks, held up the Chevron station at 111 Lobdell Highway... more »
  • Babysitter arrested, charged with kidnapping baby

    March 29, 2015 12:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A missing 5-week-old baby boy has been found with deputies arresting his babysitter early Sunday morning. The St. Bernard Sheriff's Department charged 47-year-old, Sarah Harris with aggravated kidnapping after she disappeared with baby Tristan Cayden Douglas around noon on Friday. Police report the baby's mother said... more »
  • Man wanted for kidnapping, battery arrested in Baton Rouge

    March 9, 2015 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A traffic stop in Baton Rouge has landed one man behind bars. Police stopped Gilbert Lathan on Sunday, when they saw Lathan toss a small bag of drugs under his car. Lathan, who already had a warrant out for his arrest on a number of charges... more »
  • Man accused of church stabbing, carjacking

    March 4, 2015 3:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a stabbing and attempted carjacking earlier this week in Plaquemine. Investigators accused 53-year-old Donald S. Phillips Jr. of carjacking, aggravated kidnapping and attempted second degree murder. Plaquemine Police said early Monday morning Phillips approached a woman in the... more »
  • Deputy who foiled kidnapping: 'We just do what we are supposed to do' Play Video

    January 29, 2015 10:26 PM

    GREENSBURG - In an exclusive interview with WBRZ News 2 Thursday, a deputy recounted the moments of last weekend when he foiled a kidnapping involving a mother and her two-year-old child. Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies released details of the incident, which began in Watson and wound through Tangipahoa and... more »
  • Man booked in abduction of mother, 2-year-old

    January 29, 2015 3:24 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Deputies arrested a man, accused of kidnapping a woman and her 2 year-old, then leading deputies on a high speed chase Saturday. Details of the arrest were released Thursday. Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies reported that the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office said Charles Smith abducted the... more »
  • Suspended cop indicted for attacking women

    December 5, 2014 9:33 PM

    AMITE- A grand jury in Tangipahoa Parish indicted suspended Amite Police officer Grant Carruth, 25, on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated rape, and sexual battery related to two separate incidents with women he is accused of attacking after he handcuffed them. Investigators originally said Carruth claimed to be... more »
  • TPSO: Amite cop accused of kidnapping, rape Play Video

    October 1, 2014 11:17 AM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies accused an Amite City Police officer of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women in Tangipahoa Parish. Deputies arrested Grant Carruth, 25, Tuesday on charges of second degree kidnapping, aggravated rape, sexual battery, and theft. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said his department has been investigating the... more »
  • Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

    August 16, 2014 10:30 AM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - A northern New York couple has been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after kidnapping them from a roadside farm stand. Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey of Hermon were each charged Friday with two counts of first-degree kidnapping. St.... more »
  • Police: Man arrested for rape, kidnapping and multiple robberies Play Video

    July 27, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police arrested a teen accused of going on a crime spree that involved three robberies, two women kidnapped and raped, two vehicles stolen, and one man shot early Sunday morning. Officials say Andre Young, 19, and some other people robbed a woman on McClelland... more »
  • Man wanted in ten-hour kidnapping

    July 10, 2014 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are searching for a 23-year-old, accused of kidnapping a woman and her two children this week. DeAndre Gautier is wanted for kidnapping, battery, assault and weapons charges. Detectives believe he smashed into the victim's apartment on East Brookstown and waited until she came home from work.... more »
  • Israel hits key Hamas targets in Gaza offensive

    July 9, 2014 5:10 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli army is intensifying its offensive on Hamas in the Gaza Strip today. The army says it's attacked more than 160 sites in Gaza, including 118 concealed rocket launch sites, six Hamas compounds and 10 militant commander centers. Since the offensive began Tuesday, Israel says it's... more »
  • New details in hostage situation, abduction

    June 25, 2014 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An arrest report outlines more information about what happened inside a Stafford Drive home before a woman was abducted by her ex-boyfriend earlier this week . WBRZ News 2 obtained the affidavit Wednesday. Investigators wrote Jeremiah Rodriguez tied family members up and left them for hours until... more »
  • Deputies called to home twice before abduction Play Video

    June 23, 2014 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It could take a few days before a man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend returns to Louisiana after being caught in Mississippi. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies said early Monday morning, Jeremiah Rodriguez, 34, broke into his girlfriend's house on Stafford Drive. He held the woman,... more »
  • $100K bond set for rape, kidnapping suspect

    June 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge set a $100,000 bond for the man accused of kidnapping two women from a Tigerland bar and raping them. Authorities charged Isai Efrain Garcia-Vasquez, 22, with rape and second-degree kidnapping after his arrest Friday. Investigators said Garcia-Vasquez met his victims at a local... more »
  • California woman found 10 years after kidnapping

    May 21, 2014 4:32 PM

    SANTA ANA, Calif. - A woman who was 15 when she disappeared 10 years ago from her California home has contacted police and says she was held against her will for years. The Santa Ana Police Department said Wednesday that they have booked her captor, 41-year-old Isidro Garcia, on suspicion... more »
  • Obama: 80 US troops in Chad seeking abducted girls

    May 21, 2014 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria. Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and to the Senate notifying lawmakers about the steps underway to assist in the return... more »
  • Extremist video shows abducted girls praying

    May 12, 2014 8:40 AM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen until the government frees his detained fighters. A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show some of the girls and young women, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in... more »
  • Rally for Nigerian girls planned at state Capitol

    May 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A rally will be held at The Louisiana State Capitol on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by extremist group Boko Haram. Organizers said they "cannot be silent" while many of the more than 300 girls kidnapped in Nigeria are... more »
  • Pentagon: No military ops planned yet for Nigeria

    May 7, 2014 11:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is sending fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria as part of the U.S. effort to help find nearly 300 girls kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. A Pentagon spokesman says officials have no plans now to launch any military operations. Pentagon spokesman Col.... more »
  • 2 kidnapped Nigerian girls reported dead

    May 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Three weeks after Islamic militants kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school dormitory in Nigeria, 276 remain missing. An intermediary who is in communication with their captors says at least two of the girls have died of snakebite and about 20 are ill. The extremist group... more »
  • Nigerian extremist threatens to sell kidnapped girls

    May 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader is threatening to sell hundreds of teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago. Abubakar Shekau for the first time also claimed responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction, in a video received by The... more »
  • SWAT responds to kidnapped school bus driver Play Video

    April 14, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he kidnapped a school bus driver at gunpoint, then barricaded himself inside his home. Police accused Jock Jones, 37, of aggravated kidnapping, carjacking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Cpl. Don Coppola with... more »
  • Fugitive from Ascension Parish captured in Baton Rouge

    March 27, 2014 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man hospitalized in Baton Rouge and wanted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office tried to escape early this morning, according to authorities. The Ascension Parish Office contacted East Baton Rouge Parish deputies for assistance when Kenneth Wagner, 24, was about to be released from Our... more »
  • Two arrested in stabbing and kidnapping

    March 20, 2014 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two people have been arrested in the stabbing and kidnapping of a woman. Police say Christopher Boudreaux broke into the house of his ex-wife, stabbed her and took her away. The victim told police that Boudreaux then forced her into the car of his girlfriend,... more »
  • Prosecutors: kidnapping dad faked mental illness

    March 4, 2014 9:21 PM

    TAMPA - Prosecutors say a man accused of kidnapping his two boys and sailing to Cuba last year faked a mental illness. The bombshell was dropped during a court hearing today in Tampa where a judge was to determine the mental facility Joshua Hakken would go to for treatment.... more »
  • Coach charged with child's murder

    February 19, 2014 7:34 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI- A football coach is charged with murder in the kidnapping and death of a ten-year-old girl he's accused of grabbing off the street. Craig Wood is a middle-school coach and the body of Hailey Owens was found in a house he owns. Police say he and... more »
  • Garden District boosts police patrols Play Video

    November 21, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After an attempted kidnapping on Terrace Boulevard in the Garden District, members of the civic association there are increasing police patrols to stem possible crimes. The 11-year-old girl was attacked by a man who stalked her near her home, but was able to escape with just... more »
  • Grand jury could see weekend shooting

    November 11, 2013 12:00 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The district attorney in Lafayette will decide if the case of a shooter of a kidnapping suspect will go to a grand jury. Twenty-nine-year-old Scott Thomas of Leonville was shot Friday at a vacant house where kidnap victim Bethany Arceneaux was rescued. Arceneaux had been stabbed multiple... more »
  • Demolition begins on Ohio house in kidnapping case

    August 7, 2013 7:42 AM

    CLEVELAND - Demolition has begun on the Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade. The house is being torn down as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus... more »
  • Woman booked with molestation, kidnapping

    August 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A 30-year-old Lake Charles woman has been booked with molestation of a juvenile, second-degree kidnapping, four counts of cruelty to juveniles and distributing drugs to minors. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers tells the American Press Lacey Cheree Dronet was arrested Friday after an investigation revealed... more »
  • Accused hostage taker: "I didn't do it"

    August 2, 2013 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The man accused of a violent afternoon maintained his innocence as he was taken to jail Friday night. "I didn't do it," "JR" Gibson affirmed as detectives walked him from the back door of the Violent Crimes Unit and sat him inside a waiting sheriff's unit. ... more »
  • EBRSO: Suspect arrested after shooting, abduction Play Video

    August 2, 2013 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said a man suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and shooting her new boyfriend is in custody, and the woman he took is okay. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office confirmed the arrest to News 2 just after 3:30 p.m. The sheriff's office said... more »
  • Cleveland kidnapping suspect competent for trial

    July 3, 2013 9:55 AM

    CLEVELAND - A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them has been found competent to stand trial. A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand... more »
  • Castro pleads not guilty in Ohio kidnap case

    June 12, 2013 8:19 AM

    CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man has pleaded not guilty to holding three women captive in his home for a decade and raping them. 52-year-old Ariel Castro was arraigned Wednesday on an indictment charging him with murder, kidnapping and rape in more than 300 counts. The murder charge involves... more »
  • Angola warden looking into if killer's letter broke the rules Play Video

    May 31, 2013 10:56 PM

    ANGOLA- Prison authorities are investigating if convicted killer Brandon Scott Lavergne broke the State Penitentiary rules by sending a letter addressed to the "Acadiana community." Lavergne's two-page doctrine asks for mercy for killing Mickey Shunick last year and another woman more than ten years ago. Shunick was last seen... more »
  • La. inmates face life in 2011 kidnapping death

    May 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Two Louisiana inmates were facing life sentences Thursday in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree. Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth were inmate workers with jobs as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound in... more »
  • Lawyers: Ohio kidnap suspect will plead not guilty

    May 15, 2013 9:50 AM

    CLEVELAND - The attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of keeping three women in captivity for about a decade say he will plead not guilty. Attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet say that suspect Ariel Castro has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him... more »
  • Parents accused of kidnapping boys to stay in jail

    April 12, 2013 10:19 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. - The couple accused of kidnapping their boys and sailing with them to Cuba to elude authorities are staying in jail. On Friday, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken's public defender didn't contest a request by prosecutors in Tampa that they remain in jail without bond. The Hakkens didn't appear... more »
  • No bond for US couple accused of kidnapping kids

    April 11, 2013 9:28 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. - The Florida parents charged with kidnapping their boys after losing custody and fleeing to Cuba by sailboat have been ordered to remain in jail without bond. Joshua and Sharyn Hakken made their first appearance before a Tampa judge Thursday morning. They'll face a judge during a pretrial... more »
  • Inmates to plead guilty in alleged crime spree

    February 11, 2013 7:02 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Darian "Drake" Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth are expected to enter guilty pleas today in a Jackson, Miss., courtroom. Authorities say the men escaped from a Louisiana police compound in March 2011, and allegedly kidnapped and killed a man during a crime spree spanning four states. David... more »
  • Miss. woman arrested in La. kidnapping

    January 22, 2013 7:01 AM

    NEW IBERIA - A 47-year-old Mississippi woman faces a kidnapping charge after she allegedly refused to return a 4-year-old girl to her mother, who had been arrested in Louisiana. Jessica Hebert of Picayune, Miss., is being held on one count of simple kidnapping in Pearl River County. Iberia Parish... more »

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