March 29, 1992 |
Three men kidnaped a pregnant woman in Rio de Janeiro, induced labor and stole her baby, police said. A police spokesman said Isabel da Silva Santos, 42, was kidnaped outside her in-law's home in Rio's poor North Zone, blindfolded and driven to a medical clinic. There her abductors used a drug to induce labor. Police said they believe the baby was taken by child traffickers, who reportedly sell Brazilian children overseas.
July 1, 1988
Hundreds of Brazilians in the town of Curitiba gave a hero's welcome to a 2-year-old girl who was kidnaped as a baby and put up for adoption in Israel. The toddler, named Bruna, was taken from her home in 1986 by a woman posing as a baby-sitter. The 4-month-old was then adopted by an Israeli couple, who later said they had no idea she had been abducted. Two weeks ago, Israel's Supreme Court ordered the girl returned to her natural parents, Rosilda Goncalves and Luis Vasconcelos.
May 9, 1996 |
Police in Rio de Janeiro arrested three suspected kidnappers and freed a hostage who had been chained to a tree for 16 days. Alexandre Heng Fai Tsang, 26, was found unharmed in Tijuca National Park near the city. Tsang, the grandson of a prominent restaurant owner, was kidnapped April 21. Police arrested three suspects Tuesday after raiding a house in a Rio shantytown. The suspects led officers to Tsang.
December 11, 1988 |
A 17-year-old Australian girl and a Brazilian youth were allegedly shot dead after being kidnaped by police in Rio de Janeiro state, police said Saturday. Police in the town of Nova Friburgo, 90 miles northeast of Rio, said four officers have been charged in last week's slayings of Simone Amaral Cerqueira and her 18-year-old Brazilian friend, Disney Erwin Rodrigues. Rodrigues had apparently angered the officers by accusing them of extorting money from drug takers, his friends said.
October 6, 1989 |
Kidnapers have freed Brazilian businessman Luiz Salles, owner of an advertising agency, after receiving a ransom of $2.5 million, police said Thursday. Salles had been held for 65 days.
November 11, 1990
Brazil's federal police have broken up a plot by a Rio de Janeiro-based gang to kidnap two-time Formula One driving champion Ayrton Senna, officials said Saturday. The kidnapers planned to abduct Senna within the next month as he traveled the 93 miles from his summer home in the coastal resort of Angra dos Reis to Rio, federal police inspector Jorge Mario Gomes said.