CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 |
Several men -- including a friend of a bank manager who was kidnapped and strapped with explosives as part of a bizarre bank robbery in East L.A. last fall -- have been indicted in connection with the crimes, several law enforcement sources said. Ray Vega, 33, of Arizona is among several suspects taken into custody after an indictment by a federal grand jury in connection with the Sept. 5 incident. Vega had previously been arrested and released from custody after posting $100,000 bail.
May 19, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip remained closed Sunday as the families and colleagues of seven Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped in the northern Sinai Peninsula last week continued a sit-in. A video was briefly posted on YouTube showing seven men identified as the abductees, imploring the government to secure their release. "Rescue us, Mr. President. We can't take it. Rescue us, people," the men plead, according to an Associated Press account. It was unclear who posted the video.
May 15, 2013 |
Ariel Castro, facing kidnapping and rape charges in connection with the Cleveland case of three women held prisoner for about a decade, will plead not guilty, his lawyers said Wednesday. The announcement, made on national television, is part of the defense's opening salvos in what could become a death penalty case. Castro, 52, has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, but prosecutors have indicated that he will face more charges from a Cuyahoga County grand jury that is dealing with the case.
May 11, 2013 |
Three escapees from a Kansas prison were caught in Missouri, two of them after attempting to kidnap the mayor of a small town, authorities said. The Kansas Department of Corrections reported that Randy Ridens Sr., Allen Hurst and Scott Gilbert were back in custody Friday night, several hours after they walked away from a minimum-security wing of Lansing Correction Facility northwest of Kansas City. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd told The Associated Press that Hurst, 31, and Gilbert, 49, were in the county jail on $5-million bail and by Saturday were facing a dozen felony charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2013 |
A 28-year-old Van Nuys man has been charged in the kidnapping and death of a Glendale man who was run over with a vehicle and shot to death in Sun Valley, authorities said this week. Hachik Maskovian faces four felony murder-related charges in the death of 33-year-old Joshua West, including that the incident was premeditated and that he was kidnapped during the April 24 incident, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. West died of multiple gunshot wounds but was also cut and suffered blunt-force trauma, said Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter.
May 10, 2013 |
Michelle Knight, one of the three Cleveland women kidnapped and held captive for about a decade, has been discharged from the hospital where she had been receiving care. In a statement emailed to reporters Friday, MetroHealth Medical Center said Knight had left the hospital and was asking for privacy. “Michelle Knight is in good spirits and would like the community to know that she is extremely grateful for the outpouring of flowers and gifts. She is especially thankful for the Cleveland Courage Fund.