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# Kidnapping

This year
# Australia
Australian man jailed for 13 years for kidnapping 4-year-old Cleo Smith
Police found Cleo Smith alone in Terence Kelly’s house 18 days after she went missing in October 2021.
# Cartel
Mexico arrests five cartel members following the kidnapping and killing of Americans
A cartel decided to hand the perpetrators over to authorities because they acted without the authorization of their bosses.
# Mexico
Two Americans kidnapped in Mexico found dead
Two other members of the group were located alive several days after the group was snatched at gunpoint on Friday.
# Tamaulipas
Four US citizens kidnapped by gunmen after crossing border into Mexico
Mexican and US authorities have said they are working to urgently secure their safe return.
# dunmurry
Man charged with West Belfast kidnapping
The PSNI said the victim was forced into a van by two men and driven around for hours before sustaining injuries at a house.
Last year
# US
Bodies of kidnapped California family including baby found in orchard
The announcement came after authorities released surveillance video of a man kidnapping eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri.
All time
# Christian Aid Ministries
17 American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, says US religious group
The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to the Christian Aid Ministries
# Concern
Former Australian Test cricketer victim of targeted kidnapping
Police said that on 14 April Stuart MacGill was confronted by three men at an intersection and bundled into a vehicle.
# Malibu
Ex-NFL star Joe Montana and wife block attempted kidnapping of grandchild
Police say the woman fled the home but was later arrested. She faces kidnapping and burglary charges.
# Kumberg
Austrian triathlete escapes kidnapping after convincing her captor to let her go
“He was full of hatred,” Nathalie Birli said. “He blindfolded me, forced me to drink wine, and he always held a knife in his hand.”
# Kidnapping
Police release footage of moment 5-month-old baby rescued from kidnapping in UK
35-year-old James Dempsey was jailed for 27 months today over the incident.
# jayme closs
US man pleads guilty to kidnapping girl and killing her parents
The 13-year-old victim was held captive in a remote cabin for three months.
# jayme closs
Kidnapping suspect 'kept teenager under bed for nearly three months' after shooting her parents
When Jake Thomas Patterson left the remote cabin on the 88th day of her captivity, Jayme Closs finally made a break for freedom.
# Denial
'Give me a break' - Benzema rubbishes reports of involvement in attempted kidnapping
A former acquaintance who owes Real Madrid’s French striker €50,000 has made the allegation.
# Securicor
Judge says victims of tiger kidnapping deserve 'enormous respect' as she jails men for total of 52 years
This was the fifth time the case went to trial.
# Tiger Kidnapping
Armed raiders pointed gun at boy's head while he had panic attack, court hears
Four men are accused of kidnapping a man’s family and stealing €2.28 million.
# Italy
Man arrested after British model (20) kidnapped, drugged and auctioned on dark web for €250,000
A 30-year-old Polish man has been charged with orchestrating the kidnapping.
# Limerick
Man accused of abducting, and stealing savings from, his own elderly father granted bail
Accused James O’Connor is charged with abduction and is also alleged to have stolen over €8,000 of his father’s pension and credit union savings.
# Central Criminal Court
Westmeath man who kidnapped his ex-partner handed 7-year jail term
At the time of the false imprisonment, the accused would not accept that the relationship was over.
# nicosia
Cyprus police make arrests in hunt for kidnapped girl
The child’s Norwegian father and Greek Cypriot mother have been engaged in a bitter custody battle.
# Extradition
Man wanted on charges of kidnapping his ex-partner surrenders himself to authorities
The man was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant and surrendered to Northern Irish authorities.
# Abduction
Man threatened to cut off penis of man he wrongly thought was a sex offender
Morgan Doran was one of four men who abducted a young man they wrongly believed sexually assaulted a girl.
# Longford
Man convicted of kidnapping ex-partner, jury fails to reach verdict on rape charge
The man allegedly beat and threatened the mother of his children throughout their five-year relationship.
Uefa vice president's niece found dead after kidnapping
The woman’s body was found in Mexico after being held for ransom for several days.
# North Dublin
Man 'hijacks woman's car' before crashing with her still in it in early morning drama
The incident began at 5am this morning near Dublin Airport.
# zephany nurse
South African woman jailed for 10 years for kidnapping baby she raised as her own
The girl’s real identity came to light in February 2015, when her younger biological sister began attending the same school.
# Natascha Kampusch
Hate mail, attacks and hugs: Ten years after being freed from her kidnapper
“I am not angry,” says Natascha Kampusch
# Court
Primark kidnapping: 'They offered her sweets... there was a level of planning'
Two teenage girls were detained for three years and three months at a sentencing hearing yesterday.
# Utah
Trucker accused of keeping women as sex slaves faces 20 years in prison
Timothy Vafeades allegedly trapped a series of women on his truck the Twilight Express over the course of 30 years.
# The Great Escape
Mexican footballer beat his kidnapper up in order to free himself
He threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were.
# Utah
Utah father and son arrested after five women lured into house and tied up in basement
It is believed both men had been using methamphetamine heavily.
# waste of time
Fake kidnapping case: Kevin McGeever's sentence suspended to not waste more taxpayer money
The property developer was guilty of wasting garda time by giving false information about his own alleged kidnapping.
# crime statistics
Big rise in kidnapping, murder threats and sexual offences
But there’s been a massive drop in the number of murders, according to new crime statistics.
# South Africa
Woman on trial for stealing baby, 18 years after snatching newborn
Zephany Nurse was reunited with her birth family after unwittingly getting to know her biological sister.
Jennifer Guinness, survivor of one of Ireland's most notorious kidnappings, has died
She was 78.
# Baghdad
Group of American civilians kidnapped in Iraq
The individuals were taken from an interpreter’s home in Baghdad.
# Hong Kong
Concern after five booksellers critical of Chinese government disappear
They are feared to have been detained by Chinese authorities.
# Dublin
Gardaí want to know if you saw these two vans involved in the tiger kidnapping
There have been calls for cash-in-transit van employees to sit mandatory training in how to deal with situations like a tiger kidnapping.