If Only They Had A Gun

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Steven Hayes convicted in Petit murder case

Steven Hayes and a codefendant allegedly invaded the Petits’ Cheshire, CT, home around 3:00 AM on July 23, 2007, taking a husband, wife, and their daughters prisoner. At 9:00 AM, the intruders forced the wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, to go to the bank and withdraw a large sum of money. She was reportedly able to alert a bank employee that her family was being held captive, but by the time police arrived at the house it was on fire. The suspects tried to flee, but crashed their getaway vehicle into two police cars that were part of a roadblock.William Petit, the husband, had been badly beaten, but managed to escape his home with severe head wounds and seek help at a neighbor’s house. Autopsies of Hawke-Petit and her daughters showed that Hawke-Petit was strangled and her daughters died of smoke inhalation. More information here.

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October 5th, 2010 at 6:10 pm





Woman Abducted and Raped by 2 Men

A Crescentville, PA woman was kidnapped by at least two men and raped, according to news reports. The 28 year old woman was left bound and semi-nude in Fairmount Park, after she was abducted Monday night near Lawndale Avenue and Comly Street, according to police. The victim reportedly believed that at least two men were involved and that they had taken her to an unknown house, where she was raped. Afterwards, the kidnappers dropped her off at Belmont Mansion Drive near Chamounix Drive, where a passerby noticed her and called police. More information here.

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September 29th, 2010 at 9:40 pm





Woman kidnapped and raped in Kansas City

A 28-year-old woman told police she was raped today by a man who attacked her as she was getting cigarettes from her car in her driveway. The incident began about 3:10 a.m. near 18th Street and Elmwood Avenue. The woman said the man forced her into the car at gunpoint. They drove several blocks away and parked, where the man raped and sodomized her. After the woman bit the suspect’s cheek, the man fled. The victim drove to a patrol division station and reported the crime. More information here.

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March 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm





Toledo Police Issue Warrant for Serial Rape and Robbery Suspect

Toledo police have issued a warrant for the suspect accused of targeting women in five robberies, including one that escalated to rape. In at least two of the crimes committed in the last 10 days, the suspect hid in the backseat of the female victim’s unlocked car and ordered her at gunpoint to drive to an ATM and turn over cash, police said. More information here.

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March 12th, 2010 at 8:54 am





Mexican journalist’s burned body found

Mexican authorities reported Monday they have found the dismembered, burned body of a Mexican journalist kidnapped in 2007. Officials believe the journalist, Rodolfo Rincon Taracena, was killed by members of the Los Zetas cartel killed Taracena for his reporting on drug activity in the Gulf Coast city of Villahermosa. More information here.

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March 10th, 2010 at 3:29 pm





2 Women Kidnapped and Raped

A Woodhull, Illinois man is reportedly facing six felony counts for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women March 1 on Big Island in Rock Island County. Jason W. Kugler, 29, was reportedly charged in Rock Island County Circuit Court with six Class X counts, which each carry up to 30 years in prison upon conviction. He faces two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated kidnapping. According to the charges, Kugler was armed with a weapon when he committed the crimes. The robbery counts allege that he stole each victim’s purse. The two women are 25 and 23 years old. More information here.

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March 9th, 2010 at 4:21 pm





Woman Raped, Word “Mine” Carved into her Stomach

A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with raping a woman and carving the word “Mine” on her stomach, according to police. Keith Alan Campbell, 41, of Hickory, NC was reportedly charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female and two counts of communicating threats. The arrest warrant reportedly alleges that Campbell tied up the woman and used a box cutter to carve the word “Mine” on her stomach. More information here.

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March 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm





Woman Drugged, Gang Raped

One arrest has been made in connection with a woman who was drugged and gang-raped on Saturday morning in Soweto, Johannesburg police said. “The woman was at her home when a group of men took her and drugged her. They took her to a house in Dobsonville where they took turns raping her,” said police spokesman, Inspector Kay Makhubele. He said the woman had sustained head injuries and had bruises on her body. More information here.

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March 7th, 2010 at 3:45 pm





South Carolina Woman Kidnapped, Raped

Spartanburg County deputies said that the victim said she was walking along Biblebrook Drive toward Sunnyglen Drive when a silver or gray, older-model car pulled up next to her. She said the two men inside the car asked her for directions. When she walked up to the car to provide directions, the men pulled her inside the car, drove to a dirt road off of Biblebrook Drive, raped her and then drove back to Biblebrook Drive where they put her out of the car, she says. More information here.

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March 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm





Robbers Carjack Cleveland Man, Shoot Him in the Back

Police are searching for two robbers who shot a 40-year-old man in the back during a robbery about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The man was reportedly loading in his car at 1597 East 30th St. when two teenage robbers approached him. One of the robbers pulled out a gun and took the man’s wallet, but after opening the wallet said “that’s not enough. Get in the car. We are going to the ATM,” according to police. The suspect drove to East 30th Street and Payne Avenue, where he had to stop in heavy traffic. The victim jumped out of the car and ran. The robber fired, shooting the man in the back, and both robbers fled. More information here.

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February 15th, 2010 at 8:21 pm





Bethany police looking for rape, kidnapping suspect

A manhunt is under way in Bethany as Bethany police, Oklahoma City police and US marshals look for a man accused of kidnapping, beating and raping a woman earlier today. Ivan Harrison, 22, is believed to have kidnapped a woman at gunpoint on N Rockwell Avenue in Oklahoma City at 4:30 p.m., said Bethany police Lt. Phillip Wise. More information here.

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April 6th, 2009 at 11:02 pm





Man charged with 3 day long robbery and rape spree

A 20 year old man from the West Side of Chicago has been charged in connection with a 3 day robbery and rape spree against unarmed victims. More information here.

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March 6th, 2009 at 2:27 pm





Cop impersonator rapes woman on West Side of Chicago

Chicago police are searching for a trio of suspects, including one that impersonated a police officers, in the rape of woman on the West Side.  The woman was driving down the 3400 block of West Chicago Avenue when a person impersonating a cop flashed his headlights and pulled the woman’s car over.  She turned over her driver’s license and followed the suspect to another location, as the fake cop demanded.  Upon arriving at that location, the woman was sexually assaulted by another suspect.  A third suspect was also involved, however his role in the crime is not clear.  More information here.

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March 3rd, 2009 at 12:36 pm





Memphis, TN Woman Tortured by Home Invading Criminals

One of the victims was warming her car up in her driveway when two men armed with handguns approached her and forced her back into the house, and then they proceeded to torture her, while demanding money. One of the criminals boiled some water and poured it on one of the victims, who had to be transported to the local hospital’s burn unit.

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January 5th, 2009 at 2:06 pm





Man Sentenced to 41 Years for Kidnapping, Murder

Judge James Hackett reportedly ordered Kevin Scott to serve 34 years for a murder conviction and seven years for aggravated kidnapping, with the sentences to run back to back. Earnest Walker of Alton, IL was found with his throat cut. More information here.

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December 16th, 2008 at 8:18 pm





IL Man sentenced to 13 years in rape

DuPage County judge has reportedly sentenced a man to 13 years in prison for raping a Woodridge woman, then leading police on a car chase that ended when he crashed into an elderly couple’s living room in Hinsdale. The woman that 29-year-old former Aurora resident Joshua Colwell reportedly plead guilty to raping had an order of protection against him at the time he committed the crimes. More information here.

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November 23rd, 2008 at 4:55 pm





6 Year Old Boy Kidnapped in Home Invasion

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 6-year-old Las Vegas boy kidnapped this morning during a home invasion and robbery, Las Vegas Police reportedly said. The child, Cole Puffinburger, was kidnapped at gunpoint shortly after 7 a.m The crime appears to be random, police said, adding that the mother didn’t know the men. More information here.

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October 16th, 2008 at 12:59 am





GA Man Arrested for Multiple Rapes

Georgia police reportedly arrested Eric Foster on Saturday morning and charged him with two sexual assaults that allegedly occurred on Oct. 2 and again on Oct. 8. Police reportedly said he was later transferred to the Fulton County, GA jail, where he is charged with rape, kidnapping, and criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy. More information here.

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October 11th, 2008 at 5:04 pm





Man Charged in Multiple VA Rapes

Derrick Gosnell, 25, of Spotsylvania, VA is reportedly charged with two counts of attempted rape, one count of sodomy and one count of abduction in Spotsylvania, said 1st Sgt. Liz Scott of the Sheriff’s Office. More information here.

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September 25th, 2008 at 6:13 am





Man Arrested For Chicago Area Home Invasion and Kidnapping

Chicago Police detectives arrested and charged a man in connection with a home invasion and aggravated kidnapping. Tuyen T. Ngo, 31, of Yorkville, Illinois was reportedly charged with one count of home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and five counts of burglary. On April 28, 2008, Ngo allegedly entered the home of the 28-year-old female victim where the crimes were committed. More information here.

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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:50 pm