Tag: kidnapping

No word yet on meds sent to kidnapped priest

| October 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines—Medicines have been sent out to kidnapped Irish priest Michael Sinnot but there has been no word yet if any has actually reached him, according to a provincial official. Allan Molde, spokesperson of the Zamboanga del Sur Crisis Management Committee, said the medicines were sent out through emissaries. Molde said the latest batch […]

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11 days into Irish priest kidnapping, Columban missionaries still has no contacts with captors in the Philippines

| October 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / October 22, 2009) – Eleven days into his kidnapping, Irish missioner Michael Sinnott nor his captors have contacted Philippine authorities as fears for the health of the ailing Columban priest mounts. Sinnott, who will turn 80 in December, was taken from his home in Pagadian City in the southern […]

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Sex offender who grabbed girl at Tucson church convicted of misdemeanor

| October 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

A 57-year-old convicted sex offender who was arrested last year after witnesses said he tried to snatch a 4-year-old girl from Santa Cruz Catholic Church was convicted Friday of unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor. John Arthur Drusts had been facing the more serious felony charge of kidnapping, but jurors apparently agreed with Assistant Pima County Public […]

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Kidnapped priest seen thrice; military holds fire

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Navy gunboats and ground troops Tuesday joined forces to block the escape routes of gunmen holding Irish priest Fr. Michael Sinnott, who was seized by men believed to be the same ones that kidnapped an Italian missionary two years ago. Since he was abducted on Sunday night while strolling outside his convent in Pagadian […]

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Religious targets of kidnapping

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

MANILA, Philippines—At least 15 church people have been kidnapped in Mindanao since 1993. They included eight foreign nationals and seven Filipinos. March 18, 1993. Spanish priest Fr. Bernardo Blanco was driving to his parish in Matarling, Basilan, when gunmen abducted him. He escaped after 48 days in captivity. June 8, 1994. Abu Sayyaf bandits waylaid […]

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‘Kidnapping foreign priests are more lucrative’

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

MANILA, Philippines – Kidnap-for-ransom groups prefer to target foreign priests because they have a higher value than their local counterparts, a Church official said today (Oct. 14). Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan said foreign missionaries have the support of their congregation in the country, and even their embassies. "When Filipino priests are kidnapped, they […]

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Philippine navy tries to seal off priest’s kidnappers

| October 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

PAGADIAN, Philippines — Philippine navy gunboats were deployed and road checkpoints set up Tuesday to block the escape routes of suspected Islamic militants who abducted an Irish priest, authorities said. The dramatic efforts came as Michael Sinnott's church vowed not to pay any ransom for his release, and warned again that the 79-year-old's life was […]

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Philippines searches for abducted Irish missionary

| October 12, 2009 | 0 Comments

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine security forces combed coastal areas on the southern island of Mindanao on Monday to locate gunmen holding an Irish Catholic missionary as church leaders appealed to the kidnappers to free the ailing priest. Michael Sinnott, 78, a Columbian priest, was taken at gunpoint by six men who stormed his home in […]

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Irish priest abducted in Philippines

| October 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

MANILA, Philippines — Heavily armed men barged into a Catholic convent and kidnapped a 78-year old Irish priest late Sunday in the volatile southern Philippines before spiriting him away in a motor boat, an official said. The six gunmen entered the Columban House in Pagadian city, Zamboanga del Sur province, and dragged Michael Sinnott into […]

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Kidnap globalises as victim profiles broaden

| August 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

The news that the UK government considers it unlikely that two more of the Britons taken hostage in Iraq in May 2007 will return alive is a tragic reminder of the risk of kidnapping run by international companies operating in turbulent regions of the world. If true, four of the five men taken captive while […]

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| August 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

THE Clarendon police have held four men in connection with the abduction and rape of a 13-year-old girl who was on a camping trip with members of her church in the parish last Thursday, Independence Day. But the police said the alleged mastermind behind the horrific incident was still at large. "Four persons who the […]

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Accused of snatching a child from a church nursery

| August 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

KENTWOOD, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The woman accused of stealing a baby from a church daycare faced a judge in Kent County on Tuesday.   At the hearing, a preliminary exam for Tabitha Reid was pushed back to allow for physical and psychological exams.   Police believe that Reid kidnapped one-year-old Savannah Nolf from the […]

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Alleged babynapper steals baby clothes one month prior

| July 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM) – More information is coming to light in the case of a woman accused of kidnapping a baby from a local church. Prosecutors say Tabitha Reid, 19, abducted 1-year-old Savannah Nolf from Kentwood Community Church's Daycare. Reid faces charges of kidnapping and child enticement and her lawyers say she plans to claim […]

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Teen Charged With Attempting To Abduct 9 Year Old From Church

| July 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – A stranger tried to abduct a 9-year-old girl during Sunday services at a Maryland Heights, Missouri, church. Detectives say it happened a week ago Sunday at Grace Church. They have charged James Edward Steen, 19, of Florissant, Missouri, with attempted kidnapping. Police say Steen was walking around inside the building […]

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Woman charged with kidnapping baby from church told police she ‘always wanted to be a mother’

| June 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

CUTLERVILLE — Police say Tabitha Reid visited two other churches Sunday before taking an 11-month-old girl from her own church — a crime that confounded her family and the baby's parents. Before she allegedly kidnapped the little girl from Kentwood Community Church, Reid pretended to be a nursery attendant at Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church, […]

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