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Stories tagged: kidnapping

Sheriff: Woman faked being kidnapped so she could steal car

Authorities say a North Carolina woman pretended she had been kidnapped so she could take advantage of a Good Samaritan and steal his car.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Grand jury indicts man of kidnapping, assault on Colville Indian Reservation

A man who lives on the Colville Indian Reservation appeared Thursday after he was indicted this week on six counts, including kidnapping and attacking a woman last September on the …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

$1M bail set for 22-year-old man accused of rape, kidnapping, animal cruelty, assault

A 22-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting his girlfriend and abusing her and her dog during two separate incidents in October is being held on $1 million bond while he …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Spokane police arrest man suspected of kidnapping Idaho teen

Bradley D. Walters, 20, is suspected in the kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl who was reported missing last week.

Man charged with kidnapping a Tri-Cities reporter for money. Police say he used a toy gun.

A 19-year-old man remains locked up on $500,000 bail one week after he allegedly went on a two-day violent crime spree in Kennewick.

California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed …

UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Convicted robber gets 24 years in prison for string of crimes in 2016

A prolific robber, who did most of his criminal damage in King County, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of crimes in …

UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Spokane woman who survived stabbing by husband thanks emergency personnel, ADT security workers who responded to attack

One month to the day after Melissa Robertson’s husband, Justin Robertson, stabbed her multiple times before abducting their 5-year-old son, and later killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, she …

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Amber alert suspect found dead inside Whitman County home; son safely in custody

A man accused of stabbing his wife and abducting their 5-year-old child – generating an Amber Alert in Washington and Idaho – was located Tuesday in the small town of …

UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019

Father involved in custody dispute arrested, accused of pointing gun at ex-wife

Spokane police arrested a man over the weekend accused of pointing a gun at his ex wife while he kidnapped their son.

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Grandparents accused of kidnapping grandchildren and fleeing to Louisiana arrive at Spokane County Jail

A grandmother and grandfather have landed in Spokane County Jail after allegedly kidnapping their three grandchildren and hiding them for more than a year and a half. U.S. Marshals captured …

Kidnapped California tourist rescued in Uganda, officials say

A California woman and her driver, kidnapped last week at gunpoint by a group of men in a Uganda national park, have been rescued from their captors, authorities said Sunday.

UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

14-year-old says he is Illinois boy who went missing in 2011

A 14-year-old boy who said he escaped from two kidnappers in Ohio told authorities he is from Illinois, where he went missing nearly eight years ago when his mother apparently …

UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

American tourist, driver kidnapped in Uganda safari park

Ugandan security forces are searching for a U.S. citizen and a local driver who were abducted in a wildlife park and their kidnappers demanded a ransom, authorities said Wednesday.

UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Police arrest 34-time felon wanted in Spokane for stealing car with child inside

Spokane detectives say a recently arrested 34-time felon used fake tattoos that threw them off in their investigation of a 2018 carjacking and kidnapping.

UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019

Spokane jury makes first conviction in 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow

A Spokane County Jury delivered a guilty verdict on Friday in the presumed murder of Bret Snow – the first official decision since he first went missing in late 2015.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Second trial in 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow opens in Spokane

The 2015 disappearance of then-32-year-old Bret Snow is back in front of a Spokane County jury this week – four months after a panel couldn’t decide whether the first of …

Man accused in Idaho kidnapping case now faces child sex charges

Authorities say a registered sex offender in Idaho abused the child of a woman he kidnapped and kept chained in a barn last December

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

Man in 2017 Cheney pot shop killing sentenced to prison after plea deal

A man who murdered a pot shop employee in Cheney in 2017 signed a plea deal last month and will serve 35 years to life in prison.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

New DNA evidence tied to Bret Snow disappearance delays Spokane murder trial

New DNA evidence has emerged in the 2015 disappearance of Bret Snow, a 32-year-old drug courier believed to be murdered by at least four people at a Newman Lake drug …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019

Suspect in Wisconsin murders and kidnapping taped Jayme Closs’ hands and ankles, dragged her to car, documents say

The young man accused of fatally shooting Jayme Closs’ parents in the family’s western Wisconsin home and abducting their 13-year-old daughter first saw the teen as she boarded her school …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019

Granddad: Wisconsin girl has no link to suspected kidnapper

The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019

Missing woman’s phone found by Spokane River

Since Loc Nguyen, 24, went missing on Dec. 3, detectives have traced her steps and found no evidence of anyone with her the night of her disappearance.

Defendant denies any involvement in 2015 Newman Lake murder and dismemberment

For more than an hour Monday afternoon, 28-year-old Colby Vodder took the stand in his own defense, stamping a close to a week-long murder trial nearly three years in the …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

Defense claims conspiracy in 2015 Newman Lake slaying

The trial of Colby D. Vodder began Tuesday, with his attorney telling a jury his client is the victim of a conspiracy that saw him wrongfully charged in the kidnapping …

First of four suspects in alleged murder of Bret Snow to start week-long trial Tuesday morning

Kidnapping and murder. As far as criminal charges are concerned, the allegations against Colby D. Vodder in the disappearance of Bret Snow are as serious as they come.

Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager …

Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was “a big shock,” and she hopes there is a way the …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

Child safe, vehicle located after both stolen in Spokane Valley Wednesday morning

A mother making a stop at a Spokane Valley gas station Wednesday morning returned to find her car – and child – missing.

100 years ago in Spokane: Authorities believe kidnapper hiding victim west of Lake Coeur d’Alene

Authorities believed that Cleopus Viens, alias Lewis Parkes, was hiding out with abducted Catherine Pluym, 11, in the hills west of Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Mica Peak. The sheriff …