Browsing: Kidnapping

tommy_1Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Caldwell recounts the harrowing experience of being taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan in 2000 along with his then-girlfriend, Beth Rodden. The two were on a climbing expedition when they unexpectedly found themselves in the middle of a war; they had to find a way to escape their captors after six days of no food or water. Westword has the story.

littlehavanaMiami-Dade Corrections

Going into debt with a drug dealer is never a fantastic game plan. But police say one Miami man who stiffed his connection out of $500 worth of narcotics ended up suffering far worse payback than he ever could have imagined.

The victim, whom police haven’t identified, ended up kidnapped at gunpoint, locked on a Little Havana back patio for four days, and then shot in the head. Amazingly, he survived the ordeal, and police have now arrested four people behind the bloody payback, including a 21-year-old woman who cops say pulled the trigger


ucla-campus-kidnappingTed Soqui/L.A. Weekly

A person at UCLA was carjacked, kidnapped and held for hours before being released this week, campus police said.

The victim, who was not affiliated with the Westwood university, was not injured, UCLA cops said in a statement. It started about 5:30 a.m. Monday near the school’s Center for Health Sciences, which is in the middle of campus, they said. The ordeal was apparently reported at 4:35 p.m., according to our reading of police statements.

“The suspect, armed with a gun, entered the passenger side of the victim’s car instructing the victim to drive away from campus,” according to the UCLA Police Department.

edgar.barroso.mug.shot.800.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Last year, Barroso and three compatriots were cuffed after they took pistol-whipped women hostages and threatened to kill their families. But after making the busts, the cops realized there was a much larger operation at play — and the crimes committed in the name of meth were frequently horrifying. Westword has the story.

rusty.barnhart.mug.shot.800.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The police account of the attack on the woman allegedly committed by Barnhart and a companion is absolutely brutal and the DNA evidence is compelling. But a legal technicality stands in the way of a rape charge, and attempts to fix the situation wouldn’t improve it enough to help the victim in this case. Westword has the story.

andrea.bartmess.800.1Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Bartmess, who was bipolar and used meth to self-medicate, was horrifically abused by five people — three men, two women. One of the latter posted on Facebook, “I fucking hate my life,” and when she was sentenced for her role in the heinous crimes, it didn’t get any better. Westword has the story.

It started early on the morning of April 3.

The victim was waiting for a ride, possibly an Uber, at Vermont and Eighth streets in Koreatown, police said. A suspect happened to pull up in a dark SUV, asking if she was the one who had hailed him, they said.

With the woman in the vehicle, he drove a half-mile or so east, toward downtown, ultimately parking in the 1300 block of Ingraham Street in the Westlake district, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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