Category: kidnapping

Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping, Killing Young Amish Woman

LANCASTER, Pa.—A man who led authorities to the remains of a young Amish woman in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping and killing her. Justo Smoker, 35, pleaded guilty in Lancaster County to third-degree murder, kidnapping and other offenses in the death of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos, who was last seen walking home from church in […]

Police in Nigeria Secure Release of 100 Kidnapping Victims

LAGOS—Police and government authorities have secured the release of 100 people, including women, children, and nursing mothers, who were kidnapped from their village in northwestern Nigeria over a month ago, a local police spokesperson said. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, mainly in northwestern states, where thinly deployed security […]

Man Charged with Kidnapping Child in Placentia

SANTA ANA, Calif.—A man was charged July 9 with scooping up a 6-year-old in Placentia and attempting to run away with the child before bystanders confronted him. Michael Christopher Foley, who has no known address, was charged with a felony count of kidnapping a child younger than 14 and a misdemeanor count of child annoyance. […]

Christians Charge Nigerian Government With Complicity in Kidnappings

KADUNA—On July 7 Evangelical leaders in Nigeria and the United States accused Nigerian authorities of complicity in terrorism. The news event drawing their fire was the July 5 kidnapping of 121 Students of Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State, which brings the number of students kidnapped for ransom this year to over 1000. The principal of the […]

Kidnappers Demand Food for Children Seized in Nigeria School Raid

KADUNA, Nigeria—Kidnappers who abducted more than 100 students from a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state warned that the children could starve unless parents supply them with food, parents and the head of the Kaduna Baptist conference said on Wednesday. The Baptist official said about 125 students are missing, while at least 28 were reunited […]