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March 9, 1988 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Daisy Sorek figured that her husband and three children would go through her handbag after she died. So that's where she put her note. "To Yafit (age 3), Tzvika (her husband), Moshe (17), Itai (12) and Grandma: I love you," the note read. "Three bastard terrorists have killed us," she continued. "Please take care of yourselves. I love you. Our government works slowly. They don't understand what and how to do things, and nobody cares, and that's too bad."
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NATIONAL
June 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Greyhound bus was hijacked near Westwater by a man with a knife who was captured just west of the Colorado state line, the Utah Highway Patrol said. Fifty-eight passengers were let out after the man took control of the bus on Interstate 70, patrol spokesman Chris Kramer said. The bus driver remained on board, but later escaped and was slightly injured when he jumped out after slowing the bus to about 10 m.p.h., Kramer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Police arrested a mother and daughter who headed a ring that hijacked merchandise trucks, the newspaper El Universal reported Monday. Martha Alcantara de Vergara, 43, and her daughter Lourdes, 24, were arrested Saturday when police, acting on a tip, surprised gang members unloading a hijacked truck full of soft drinks at a warehouse, the newspaper said. When asked by police why she turned to robbery, the mother said she couldn't find a job because of Mexico's economic crisis, it added.
WORLD
September 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
School bus hijackers shot a mentally handicapped girl because they thought she took too long to leave the vehicle, and she died in a Cape Town hospital, police said. Monique Valentine, 16, was with eight other pupils of Oasis special school in Delft, near Cape Town, when three armed men stopped their bus and ordered the children out. She was shot three times by the hijackers, who escaped with the bus, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1991
Two gunmen hijacked an electronics company delivery truck full of television sets Thursday and briefly held the two employees in the truck captive, police said. The two JVC Corp. employees called police from Katella Avenue and Los Alamitos Boulevard to report they had been released by two men who stole their truck, Police Sgt. Ron Dickson said. The delivery men told police they were pulling into JVC Corp. offices at 5665 Corporate Ave. in Cypress at 11:15 a.m.
WORLD
April 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Cuban firing squad has executed three men who hijacked a ferry less than two weeks ago, sending a chilling message to anyone else considering commandeering a boat or plane to the United States. The executions Friday followed a series of hijacking attempts, but also coincided with an islandwide crackdown on dissidents. A court had sentenced the men to death after finding them guilty of "very grave acts of terrorism," said a statement read on state television.
NEWS
May 16, 1987 | Associated Press
Security forces stormed a hijacked intercity bus at Warsaw's airport Friday, rescued the last five hostages aboard and captured a young Pole who had seized the vehicle by threatening dozens of passengers with explosives. The hijacker exploded a grenade during the assault, wounding one hostage, authorities said. He was hustled away in handcuffs, ending a four-hour hostage drama on the tarmac of Okecie Airport. His motives were not immediately known.
NEWS
February 1, 1992 | DEAN E. MURPHY and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Passengers aboard a commandeered Greyhound bus huddled in horror as the crazed driver took drugs, sang verses of "Jesus Loves Me" and cursed at police helicopters that chased him 320 miles from Phoenix to the San Bernardino area, several passengers and relatives said Friday. Some passengers opened windows in the restroom and rear of the bus, but were unable to escape during the five-hour ordeal because the bus was traveling at high speeds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1996
The last of four Asian gang members convicted of hijacking a Las Vegas-bound bus in 1994 was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, but because of his age will go to the California Youth Authority for six years and then likely be released. Henry Vinh Huynh, 19, appeared before Pomona Superior Court Judge David Milton to be sentenced to an agreed-upon punishment. Huynh, prosecutors said, was allowed the plea-bargain because of his crucial testimony against his co-conspirators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
A 17-year-old San Clemente youth was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of robbing two men at gunpoint outside the Harbor House Cafe and hijacking a car near the harbor, authorities said. There were no reports of injuries in the incidents, which ended early Saturday with the suspect's arrest at his San Clemente home, according to the Sheriff's Department.
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