Mexican Teen Fakes Kidnapping, Planned to Use Money for Vaca
Weird News of the Day: Mexican Teen Fakes Kidnapping, Planned to Use Money for Vaca
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 07/22/2013 - 16:40

It's crazy to think a teenager would actually fake their own kidnapping in order to nab a lot of cash from their parents, but it's true.

According to ABC News, 19-year-old Mexican Arely Soto faked her own kidnapping so that she could get money to go on vacations with her ex-boyfriend and four other friends.


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Ariel Castro and his defense attorney Craid Weintraub during arraignment
Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty to Newest Charges
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 07/18/2013 - 09:10

Ariel Castro, the Celeveland man accused of holding three young women captive in his home for over a decade, was arraigned on Wednesday with an extensive additional amount of charges.

According to Fox News Latino, the 53-year-old is now facing a 977 count indictment which includes 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape. Castro has pleaded not guilty to all counts.


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Tamaulipas, Mexico house where 165 kidnapped victims were held
Update: Mexico Army Rescues More Than 150 Kidnapped Victims
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 06/07/2013 - 11:22

Good news, chicas! Some progress has been made in Mexico regarding the country's kidnapping crisis.

Yesterday, The Huffington Post reported that Mexican soldiers have rescued 165 people whom were kidnapped by a drug cartel and held for as long as three weeks in a home alongside the United States border.


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Mass Kidnapping of 11 in Mexico
Mass Kidnapping of 11 in Mexico
By Amaris Castillo | 05/31/2013 - 10:33

Eleven people were kidnapped in broad daylight from a bar in Mexico City, relatives said on Thursday.

Fox News Latino reports that the mass abduction purportedly happened sometime between 10 a.m. and noon this past Sunday morning, in the city’s usually calm Zona Rosa.


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Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
Update: Three Women Missing for a Decade Found Alive (Video)
By Sugey Palomares | 05/07/2013 - 15:16

Three kidnapping victims who disappeared at different times when they were teens a decade ago were rescued on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were saved after a neighbor heard a cry for help from Berry and managed to kick down the door.


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Ingrid Betancourt Responds to Critics: "I wasn't going to accept being treated like an object"
By Mariela Rosario | 09/23/2010 - 17:15

Oprah Winfrey hosted famous Colombian hostage and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt on her talk show this week and the interview was riveting. Betancourt speaks about how we she was able to survive for so long in the jungle and what happened when she tried to escape not one, not twice, but four times from the FARC's captivity.


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Colombian Soccer Team Members Found Murdered in Venezuela
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/26/2009 - 11:00

At least 10 members of an amateur Colombian soccer team were kidnapped and found shot to death in Tachira, a town on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, Reuters reports. Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters the athletes were on their side of the border. One team member survived the attack, and another player is still missing.


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Abducted Baby's Mom Regains Custody After Being Cleared of Baby-Selling Allegations
By Mariela Rosario | 10/06/2009 - 15:25

Maria Gurrolla's four children have been returned to her custody after allegations that a family member was trying to sell newborn Yair Anthony Carillo resulted in state child welfare officials placing the minors in foster care. 


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Kidnapped Newborn Found Safe, Shocking Twist to Story
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/05/2009 - 11:08

First, the good news: The kidnapped newborn of Nashville resident Maria Gurrolla was found unharmed in a home in Ardmore, Ala., about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line. Four days after Gurrolla, 30, gave birth to Yair Anthony Carillo, a knife-wielding woman posing as an immigration agent stabbed the young mother in her neck and upper chest before stealing the baby. Gurrolla’s 3-year-old daughter was left untouched.
 


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Woman Claiming to be Immigration Officer Stabs Mom, Steals Baby
By Mariela Rosario | 10/01/2009 - 12:00

Maria Gurrolla had no idea who the woman was who showed up at her doorstep posing as an immigration official. "She said she was an immigration officer and she was there to arrest her," Gurrolla's cousin said, serving as interpreter for the AP. The unidentified woman pushed her way into the home and proceeded to the kitchen where she grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed Gurrolla repeatedly. Gurrolla ran to her neighbor Eric Peterson's home to plead for help.


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