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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.
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.
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.
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.
April 5, 2013 | By Richard Marosi, Kate Mather and Richard Winton
SAN DIEGO -- The search for the man suspected of kidnapping and repeatedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl has extended south of the border after the fugitive was spotted crossing into Mexico, authorities said. Video footage showed Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, crossed into Tecate, Mexico, a few days ago, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Friday. It was unknown if he returned, the chief said. Details of the video, including how it was obtained and the date it was taken, were not revealed.
July 16, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The record producer and former gang member who testified in criminal court that he was kidnapped by gang members looking for a sex tape of Shaquille O'Neal took his claims to civil court Friday, accusing the basketball star of ordering the attack on him. The former NBA star's attorney immediately rejected the accusations, calling them "outlandish" and "pure fiction" in a statement. The civil lawsuit is the latest twist in the case involving O'Neal, the record producer and a street gang that is working its way through the Los Angeles County criminal court system.
April 1, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein
  One of two men suspected in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl was arrested two miles from where the child was abducted. Daniel Martinez was arrested on Rayen Street in Northridge and lives in Woodland Hills. The LAPD announced the arrest of Martinez, described as a secondary suspect in the case. He was taken into custody early Sunday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Tobias Dustin Summers , the prime suspect in last week's kidnapping and sexual assault, of may be in the San Diego area, authorities said Monday.
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