The 16-year-old girl who was found in a North Berkeley neighborhood naked and screaming for help may have been kidnapped in San Francisco. Officer Gordon Shyy confirmed news reports that the San Francisco Police Department has taken over the case as the lead investigators, presumably because the o ... More >>
It was a crisp autumn afternoon in the Tenderloin the Monday accused killer Mia Sagote's fate was turned over to a jury. A man pushed a cart full of precariously stacked pumpkin pies toward St. Anthony's, parting a path through the neighborhood regulars. Nearby, a tall, frail woman peed in the g ... More >>
San Francisco police are investigating a scary incident where two men were violently attacked while parking their car in the Castro neighborhood recently. On Nov. 30, the two men were getting out of the car after parking at 18th and Hartford streets at about 1:30 a.m. when two guys with guns appro ... More >>
Christopher Maffei, 43, appeared in court today, but did not enter a plea to felony charges of kidnapping his two young children and stealing a yacht. Maffei -- who has been charged with eight felony counts of kidnapping, burglary, and child endangerment -- claimed that he snatched his children to p ... More >>
This morning, officials spotted a yacht they believe was stolen by a man who allegedly kidnapped his two toddlers. The 40-foot boat was located about 50 miles off the coast near Pillar Point in San Mateo County, investigators told media outlets. Police and Coast Guard vessels have been dispatched t ... More >>
While family and friends continue searching for 15-year-old Sierra LaMar's body, lawmakers in Sacramento are using this case to try to pass new legislation that would expedite the search for missing kids.Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) attended a vigil last night for LaMar, and announced she'd ... More >>
A Daly City couple's night on the town in San Francisco turned violent on Saturday after a man allegedly kidnapped a woman, raped her, and beat the man she was with, police said. Sgt. Michael Andraychak tells us that 33-year-old Nelson Centeno was at a club on the 1000 block of Folsom Street when he ... More >>
Police are looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a 16-year-old girl in an attempted kidnapping as she walked to school this morning. According to police, the girl was walking on the 5700 block of Mission Street at about 7:40 a.m. when the man grabbed her from behind and demand that she leave with ... More >>
Investigators are now saying they believe whoever abducted 15-year-old Sierra LaMar mostly likely knew her or, at the very least, was acquainted with her. What's more, they said her kidnapper was probably familiar with the area near her Morgan Hill home where LaMar was last seen on March 16. ... More >>
Michael Scott Moore, who previously worked as a theater critic for SF Weekly, was reportedly captured by Somali pirates over the weekend while he was traveling to central Somalia to research for his book about Somali pirates. The LA Times reports that Moore was on his way to the airport when 15 m ... More >>
Ellen BurleighAnyone who was in Northern California during the late 1970s remembers the paralyzing fear many had when the notorious I-5 strangler was on the loose. The serial killer was known for kidnapping, raping, and murdering women. One of his many victims was 21-year-old Ellen Burleigh, whos ... More >>
Working with SFPD to solve a kidnapping casePolice are looking for a heavy-set man with rotting teeth, saying he might be responsible for kidnapping a Louisiana woman and driving her to San Francisco before booting her out of the car. Officer Albie Esparza told the Examiner's Mike Aldax that the ... More >>
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