Tag: kidnapping

FBI investigates reported kidnapping of pastor

| October 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

A Guymon, Okla., pastor, who was believed to have been kidnapped in Mexico earlier this week, was found unharmed at a border checkpoint. Clay Simmonds, an FBI special agent and spokesman, said officials found Refugio Villa, 45, Friday at the Columbus border crossing re-entry point in New Mexico. "He is back in the United States," […]

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Church-kidnapping charges dismissed

| June 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

EUGENE, Ore. – Azoulas Yurashunas is a free man, but also an angry man. "The police, I think, behaved inappropriately," he said. Yurashunas was accused in April of trying to kidnap a 2-year-old boy from a Boy Scout event at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eugene. At that event a Eugene Police crime prevention specialist and […]

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Officials: Gunmen kill 1, kidnap 4 at Mexico church

| May 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Gunmen stormed into a church in the middle of a wedding ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Friday, kidnapping the groom and three others, and killing one before fleeing, state prosecutors told CNN Saturday. "It's unclear if this was gang or drug related," Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said, adding the incident […]

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Church kidnapping suspect faces federal charges

| April 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

An Aliceville man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint from a church parking lot in August 2009 now faces federal charges. A federal grand jury indicted Brandon Terrell Peebles, 22, charging him with carjacking and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. Peebles, who has the words “not guilty” tattooed across his neck, […]

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Man Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Attempting to Kidnap 2-year-old

| April 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

EUGENE, Ore. — The man charged with attempting to kidnap a 2-year-old child from a Eugene church pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Azoulas David Yurashunas stood before a judge and pleaded his innocence of a second degree attempted kidnapping charge from last weekend. Yurashunas' parents posted a $35,000 security, so the 23-year-old is a free man. […]

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Attempted Church Kidnapping Suspect Now Under House Arrest

| April 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

EUGENE, Ore. — The man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a two-year-old boy on Saturday is now out of jail and under house arrest. In this case, a police officer says he saw the kidnapping, which leads some to question the decision to let him out. Eugene Police say one of its officers saw David […]

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Police: Toddler safe after church kidnapping try

| April 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

EUGENE, Ore. – Sometimes a police officer is in just the right place, at the right time. That's what those at Eugene's Bethesda Lutheran Church likely believe. Azoulas David Yurashunas may feel differently. This weekend, a Eugene Police crime prevention specialist – Officer Steven Chambers – said he was working at a youth event at […]

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Man who tried to abduct child at church in Montgomery killed himself in Atlanta standoff

| April 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

A man who tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl in Montgomery on Easter killed himself later that week in Atlanta, police say. Montgomery police con­firmed Wednesday that the sus­pect in the local case is the same man who shot himself during a standoff with Atlanta police. Police began investigating a possible connection after James "Scott" […]

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Girl nearly abducted during church Easter egg hunt

| April 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Police say a man tried to kidnap a little girl while she hid Easter eggs outside of a Montgomery church Sunday morning. As of Monday afternoon, Montgomery Police were following numerous leads, though there hasn't been an arrest. On a day devoted to faith, togetherness, and fun, parishioners at Hunter Station […]

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Caddo church volunteer face kidnapping/rape charges

| March 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) – The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office reportedly arrested a Shreveport church volunteer Friday for alleged kidnapping and rape. 34-year-old Robert Washington Jr., was arrested by deputies after a 15-year-old male victim reported the crime to deputies. According to deputies, the alleged incident happened back on March 1st. Reportedly, the victim was […]

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Church vandalism arrest made

| March 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

A Hartwell man suspected of vandalizing an Ila church last month and kidnapping a woman was arrested Wednesday in Hart County, according to Madison County sheriff's investigator Pat Holl. Carey Durrett, 71, is charged with burglary, damage to property and vandalism to a place of worship. He remained in jail without bond Thursday. Durrett also […]

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Tabitha Reid, convicted of kidnapping baby from church nursery, gets prison time

| March 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

GRAND RAPIDS — The father of the 11-month-old infant who was plucked from a church nursery and kidnapped by Tabitha Reid this summer said he has decided to forgive his child's abductor. "I offer my forgiveness," said Tom Nolf, moments before Reid was sentenced to between four and 20 years today in Kent County Circuit […]

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Woman pleads guilty to kidnapping 1-year-old from the Kentwood Community Church

| January 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tabitha Reid, the 20-year-old former church nursery volunteer, pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping a 1-year-old from the Kentwood Community Church on June 21. Police say Reid took baby, Savannah Raby, from the Kentwood Community Church nursery on June 21. Reid was a longtime volunteer at the nursery. Police said she took the child to a […]

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Man charged with robbing women at church

| January 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

A Statesville man has been charged with armed robbery and kidnapping after police there say he took two women from a church and drove them to ATMs to retrieve money on New Year's Eve. Adam Joe Louis Jordan III was charged Friday with four counts of armed robbery, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts […]

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Abducted priest back, seeks to resume ministry in Zamboanga

| January 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

DESPITE his month-long kidnap ordeal in Mindanao, Irish missionary Fr. Michael Sinnott is back and wants to resume his ministry. The 80-year-old Columban priest returned to the country Friday night after some vacation time in his homeland. “It’s very nice to be back and I’m looking forward to going back to my work in Pagadian […]

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