Man Arrested for Kidnapping Store Clerk

Per ABC 13, Los Angeles police arrested a man armed with a hammer suspected of kidnapping a convenience store clerk Wednesday. LAPD officers responded to a silent alarm at the store Wednesday afternoon, and learned upon arrival that the suspect kidnapped a female

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Islamic State Jihadis Kidnap 10 Indonesian Sailors in Philippines

On Tuesday, Indonesia announced that ten of its citizens, sailors working aboard a coal barge, had been kidnapped, with a ransom demand made by the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. Wednesday brought reports that elite Indonesian counter-terrorist units are standing by to assist in a possible rescue operation.

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Libya: Lawmaker Taken Hostage in Tobruk

In Tobruk, which is the current seat of the internationally recognized Libyan government, a member of parliament has been kidnapped, in the midst of a United Nations effort to negotiate a unified government.

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White House Pleads For Iran’s Help with Americans Kidnapped in Iraq

There are still three American citizens missing in Iraq, and the most likely culprits are Iran-backed Shiite militia. They were snatched from a private residence in Baghdad by gunmen on January 16, and there has been little progress in finding them, beyond Iraqi intelligence guessing they ended up in the Shiite precincts of Sadr City, where numerous other kidnap victims have resurfaced.

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Murders on the Rise in Mexico

For the first time in four years, Mexico saw an 8.7 percent increase in the murder rate, according to government sources. There was also a coinciding claim of a decline in kidnapping and extortion, perhaps indicating that criminal groups are once again shifting their tactics.

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Media Refuse to Report Suspect’s Race After Good Samaritan Is Shot

Police are now searching for Euric Cain, a black gunman who allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman in New Orleans but was stopped by a heroic medical student. Before the suspect was identified by police, media had provided little help by avoiding the description of the suspect due to politically correct fears about race.

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New FBI Crime Report Omits Kidnapping and Drug Activity, Paints Misleading Picture of Border

This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR), which summarizes a year’s worth of violent crime statistics from across the country. At a glance, it shows that violent crime is down across the country and in the State of Texas. However, the data used to make these assessments doesn’t include kidnappings or specify what crimes are drug- or cartel-related, painting a skewed picture of everyday life along some parts of the southwest border.

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