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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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WORLD
October 27, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
The gunmen pointed rifles at his head, demanding answers. The captive named names. He had lots to say about the Juarez drug cartel. But this drug war interrogation, captured on a "narco-video," carried a twist. The handcuffed man before the camera was no nameless cartel henchman. He was the kidnapped brother of Patricia Gonzalez, the former top prosecutor of Mexico's most violent state, and his account was startling: that his sister took bribes to protect the so-called Juarez cartel and even ordered several high-profile killings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A 10-year-old girl kidnapped from her Northridge home in the middle of the night was sexually assaulted, and detectives are still struggling to determine why she was targeted, according to law enforcement sources. The girl has told investigators that two men were involved and that she was taken to multiple locations in different vehicles. She was found bruised and scratched Wednesday near a Starbucks about six miles from her home. "This 10-year-old child was traumatized after a very traumatic experience," Los Angeles Police Cmdr.
OPINION
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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