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August 10, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A gang kidnapping case three years in the making, in which investigators looked into possible charges against NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, came to an abrupt end Tuesday as a prosecutor conceded that the alleged victim and star witness had credibility problems. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria ordered the case against seven Main Street Crip members dismissed after the prosecutor announced that his office would not proceed with the case. The unraveling of the kidnapping, robbery and assault case over a Feb. 10, 2008, incident revolved around the purported victim in the case, Robert Ross, a convicted felon and former gang member who was a one-time friend of O'Neal's.
November 22, 1996
An Azusa army veteran wanted since last week after he allegedly kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old female relative was captured Thursday when he tried to check into the mental health ward at a Veterans Affairs hospital, authorities said.
May 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Hours after Ariel Castro was arraigned on rape and kidnapping counts in connection with three women held prisoner for years in his Cleveland house, Ohio prosecutors said they would seek new charges that he abused some of his victims and forced them to have miscarriages. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, whose office will present the case to a grand jury, said that if Castro, 52, were charged and convicted of aggravated murder as a result of the miscarriages, he could face the death penalty.
May 31, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican capital has managed to avoid the kind of gangland violence that has gripped many other parts of the country in recent years. But the mysterious disappearance of 11 young people from a bar this week is raising new fear about the city's ability to remain relatively immune from the trouble. The disappearance of the patrons in the Zona Rosa, a nightclub-packed neighborhood just blocks from the U.S. Embassy, has made national headlines and dominated TV news here.
March 28, 2007
Re "Britain demands Iran free 15," March 24 Does anyone believe it is a coincidence that the Iranian navy snatched 15 British servicemen in Iraqi waters just before the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution imposing heavier sanctions on Iran for the continuing development of nuclear weapons? Does anyone believe that it is coincidental that, after Hamas and Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers, Iran did the same with British soldiers? Iran gets PR value, and it can use the soldiers for propaganda purposes and as hostages for potential exchange for political purposes.
June 16, 2011 | By Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2009 investigated allegations that Shaquille O'Neal was connected to a beating, robbery and kidnapping by gang members of a man claiming to have a sex tape of the basketball star, according to records reviewed by The Times. Detectives found phone records showing a "flurry of calls" between the alleged ringleader of the assault and O'Neal's business partner around the time of the February 2008 incident, a sheriff's investigative report said.
August 1, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. announced Thursday that he is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the capture and conviction of the person who kidnapped his mother last year. Vi Ripken was taken from her Aberdeen, Md., home at gunpoint on July 24, 2012, and returned unharmed 24 hours later. The Aberdeen Police Department released a sketch, photographs and a surveillance video that were believed to show the potential suspect, but he has never been identified.
May 17, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Riverside police announced Tuesday the arrest of a suspect who allegedly abducted a 9-year-old girl from her family's second-story apartment and then dropped her off hours later miles from her home. Details of the arrest will be made public at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, said Lt. Guy Toussaint of the Riverside Police Department. The girl, who was hospitalized with injuries related to the May 7 abduction, was knocking on doors asking for help around 1 a.m. after she was "dumped" by the assailant in a neighborhood west of the Galleria at Tyler mall in Riverside.
April 1, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
The prime suspect in last week's kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl may be in the San Diego area, authorities said Monday. A statement from the Los Angeles Police Department did not detail why authorities believe Tobias Dustin Summers , 30, could be in San Diego, saying only that investigators "have reason to believe" he might be. Summers "may also have changed his appearance by shaving his head," the statement said. The information came as LAPD announced the arrest of a man described as a secondary suspect in the case: Daniel Martinez, 29, of West Hills.
April 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi
A man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom and sexually assaulting her is expected to be arraigned Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom. Tobias Dustin Summers, a 32-year-old felon and reputed gang member, was captured Wednesday in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the U.S. border in Mexico. He was arrested at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center there, ending a monthlong international dragnet. Officials did not provide details about his movements in Mexico, but  LAPD  Chief Charlie Beck said a phone tip received late Tuesday night narrowed the focus of the search.
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