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A Chicago activist is being praised as a hero after he discovered a woman who was chained by her ankles in an vacant house for several days.

Community activist Antoine Dobine told WGN he heard a woman crying for help when he walked past an abandoned house on South Eggleston Avenue in the city's South Side neighborhood on Saturday.

Dobine, known as "D-Ice", heard the woman's desperate screams and banging on a wall.

"As I got closer, I'm hearing boom, boom, boom — 'help!' That's what made me call the police," he told WGN.

"I waited for them to come, and when police got here, they discovered there was a young lady in there, handcuffed and chained," he told NBC Chicago.

"I just located a girl inside of this house. Police say she's chained up," D-Ice said on Facebook Live.

The rescued woman told police she was walking to a store when she ran into the suspect - an older man she knew from the neighborhood.

"I ended up bumping into him and he was like, 'You know, come here for a minute,'" she told WGN News.

The man, who is in his 60s, grabbed the victim and dragged her to the vacant house and down into the basement.

"I'm trying to fight him but I can't fight him," she told the media outlet.

The unidentified man chained the woman by her ankles and raped her, the woman told police.

"He raped me twice. He left me in there handcuffed and chained," she said, adding that she cried for help for several days until D-Ice answered her cries at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

D-Ice said the vacant house was known as the "candy store" because an old woman who lived in the house sold penny candy to neighborhood children. He said the house has been abandoned for 30 years.

D-Ice told WGN he paid for a hotel room for the homeless victim and created a Spotfund account to raise money to build a home for the victim. He raised over $1,800 of a $250,000 goal.

The woman expressed her appreciation for D-Ice. "He could have ignored me but he heard me and he helped me. I'm just blessed, I'm truly blessed," she told WGN. "I believe he [the kidnapper] will strike again. I just want him caught."

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Stranger abduction is every parent's worst nightmare. One Dallas father lived that nightmare after his daughter went missing from a Dallas Mavericks NBA game last month.

The father reported his daughter missing to security after she left her seat to use the restroom and never returned.

The family said Dallas police failed to act after surveillance footage showed the girl leaving the American Airline Center with two men on April 8.

The unidentified teenager's father was told by police to go home. The family's attorney said the police did nothing to track down the girl.

Dallas police cited a Texas family law that treats missing teenagers as runaways unless there is evidence of an abduction.

Six days after the girl went missing, the family contacted the Texas Counter-Trafficking nonprofit group, which discovered photos of the girl on a prostitution website and contacted Oklahoma City Police.

Oklahoma City police tracked the girl to an Extended American Hotel in Oklahoma City, about 200 miles from where she was abducted.

Police found the girl in a room with ringleader Kenneth Nelson. Eight people were taken into custody, including Nelson who was charged with human trafficking and distributing porn.

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Karen Gonzales was charged with human trafficking and porn distribution for taking photos of the girl and posting the images on a prostitution website.

"There were several people involved with not only this girl, but others," said Oklahoma City Police Department spokesperson Gary Knight.

Knight seemed to take a jab at the Dallas Police Department when he said, "We did everything we could to find this girl."

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Update: San Jose police have located three-month-old Brandon Alexis Cuellar alive and well. He has been reunited with his mother. Three suspects are in custody. Police said the suspects are known to the family.
 
Originally published on: Apr 26, 2022 at 11:49

Police in San Jose, California are searching for a man who kidnapped a 3-month-old baby while his grandmother was unloading groceries from her car.

Police say the man entered an apartment while the grandmother was outside and abducted the infant on Monday afternoon.

Surveillance video shows a man walking down a sidewalk holding a baby carrier covered by a white blanket around 1 p.m. Monday.

The baby is identified as Brandon Cuellar. His mother was at work at the time of the abduction. The baby's father is incarcerated.

The grandmother had just placed Brandon's carrier inside the apartment and went outside to unload groceries from a car.

"In that short amount of time, someone entered the apartment ... and left with the baby," said San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo during an afternoon press conference.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has joined in the hunt for the unidentified man. Kidnapping is a federal crime.

The FBI was seen going door-to-door to locate surveillance video or potential witnesses who may have seen the man loitering outside.

The California Highway Patrol released a photo of the suspect vehicle, a 2011 silver Nissan Quest with the license plate 7HWF353.

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Blac Chyna will not face charges for allegedly holding a woman in a hotel room against her will.

Sacramento police investigated a report by a woman who said she was "held hostage" by Chyna in a hotel room at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand hotel on Nov. 27. The woman also claimed there was drugs present and Chyna was high on cocaine.

Sacramento Police told The Sun and Page Six that officers were made aware of a disturbance at the hotel and that "no injuries were reported."

Chyna's attorney said video evidence cleared the 33-year-old reality TV star of any wrongdoing.

"This story is false," Chyna's attorney said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

"This latest false accusation of criminal conduct is just the most recent in a long line of false accusations against Blac Chyna.

"We are very thankful that video evidence has allowed us to disprove past false allegations of assault & battery by her then fiancé Rob Kardashian, a false accusation of assault with a deadly weapon, and now this false charge. The video being circulated on social media shows that Blac Chyna did not hold anyone against their will."

He hinted that a slander lawsuit might be in the works.

"We are hopeful that one day people will stop falsely accusing Blac Chyna of criminal conduct. Until that day, we will continue to disprove these false allegations to law enforcement and in the courtroom, if necessary."

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The controversy didn't affect Chyna's bookings. On Tuesday, the popular influencer attended the launch press event announcing Grammy-Winner Paula Abdul as celebrity judge for upcoming Uplive WorldStage Global Singing Competition in Hollywood, California.

On Saturday, Chyna spoke to women at the L.A. Women's Expo in Los Angeles, CA.

The Washington D.C. native wore white leggings, a white top with a crocodile corset and a white crocodile jacket.

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During her appearance, Chyna chatted with KTLA anchor Lynette Romero. The two women posed for photos onstage afterwards. Organizers said they had no plans to cancel Chyna's appearance amid the allegations.

Chyna is mom to 5-year-old daughter Dream with Rob Kardashian, 34, and son King Cairo Stevenson, 9, by rapper Tyga, 32.

She briefly dated rapper Playboi Carti, rapper YBN Almighty Jay, P. J. Tucker, Shad Moss, and aspiring rapper Kid Buu.

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A suspect has been charged in the murder of a Wheeling, Illinois mother whose 1-year-old daughter was found dead in a pond in Indiana.

Ahmeel Fowler, 26, of Pingree Grove, was arrested Wednesday evening in Springfield, Missouri at the request of Wheeling authorities.

Fowler is charged in the murder of 21-year-old Ja'nya Murphy, whose body was found in her Wheeling apartment on Tuesday night. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs, was not in the apartment.

Murphy's cause of death is strangulation, according to Wheeling police.

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Police believed Jaclyn was in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan with Illinois license plates. The minivan was found abandoned in western Missouri.

Divers recovered Jaclyn's body in a retention pond in Hammond, Indiana on Thursday, according to authorities. A construction crew spotted the body floating in the pond and called 911.

The fire department responded to the 911 call, "and they went immediately into the water and recovered the body," Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said.

Fowler has not been charged in Jaclyn's death.

Wheeling police said Fowler was in a "previous relationship with Ms. Murphy" but he is not Jaclyn's father.

Police say a man identified as Fowler was last seen with Murphy and Jaclyn at a shopping mall on Monday, Nov. 8.

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A vehicle connected to missing 1-year-old Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs was found abandoned in Missouri, 2 days after her mother was murdered.

The toddler was reported missing Tuesday, Nov. 9, after police discovered the body of 21-year-old Ja'nya Murphy in her Wheeling, Illinois apartment.

Police conducted a welfare check on Murphy after she failed to show up to work Tuesday or contact her family. The family said they last heard from Murphy on Monday.

Murphy's body was discovered late Tuesday night when officers climbed onto a balcony and entered her home at the Hunt Club Apartments at 356 Inland Drive.

There was no sign of forced entry, and Murphy's 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn, was missing, according to Deputy Police Chief Al Steffen.

Police believe Murphy was targeted and her murder is not a random crime.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for Jaclyn. She was believed to be in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The SUV was found abandoned in Missouri, but the toddler was not in the vehicle, police said.
 

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A 3-year-old boy who was abducted at gunpoint by his noncustodial father was returned home safely on Thursday.

Police say Kashief Brooks, 17, kidnapped 3-year-old son J'Shawn Winn following an argument with the boy's mother in College Park, Georgia on Tuesday.

Officers arrived at the home on Tigris Court just after 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, but Brooks and the boy were gone.

While Brooks is J'Shawn's father, police said he does not have permission to take him.

A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued by Clayton County police, who got in touch with Brooks via his cell phone. Brooks agreed to return the boy to his mother after the BOLO was issued.

J'Shawn was returned safely to his home early Thursday, but Brooks is still at large. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

Brooks faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.

Anyone with information on Brooks' whereabouts is asked to call Clayton police at 770-477-3550.

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The search continues for 1-year-old Blaise Barnett who was allegedly abducted in an SUV from a Clarkston apartment complex on Montreal Road at 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The grey 2002 Ford Explorer was allegedly stolen while Blaise's parents unloaded bags in front of a Clarkston apartment complex at 1000 Montreal Road.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued hours later for Blaise, who was wrapped in a blanket while wearing a black shirt and a diaper with no pants or coat on a chilly night in northeast Georgia.

Blaise's parents calmly explained they carried a 3-year-old nephew and some "bags" into the apartment while leaving Blaise sleeping inside the running SUV.

When they returned for their son, Blaise and the SUV were gone.

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The SUV was found abandoned a few miles away at a vacant apartment complex in Clarkston around noon Wednesday. There was no sign of Blaise or his car seat inside the SUV, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

The family passed out flyers and held a vigil for the child's safe return on Wednesday night.

"I'm covered in emotions. I'm sad. I'm mad. I'm angry. I'm hurt," the boy's mother Deonna Bray told the crowd.

"I've never been away from him like this where it's like I don't know where he's at... so I'm hurt."

"Bring him home. He is no harm," she said earlier in the day. "He is the sweetest boy in the world and if he is crying it's because he is not with me. He is going to keep crying 'til he gets with me."

Late Wednesday night, Bray had another message for whoever took Blaise.

"If he's cold, just keep him warm. I know he's crying right now. Don't get upset at the crying. He’s just a baby. He doesn't know what's going on. He doesn't know who you are. Don't get irritated. I beg you."

"This is now a nationwide search," Clarkston police Chief Christine Hudson told reporters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Police in Georgia are still searching for a missing 1-year-old boy who was strapped into the backseat of a stolen grey Ford Explorer.

An Amber Alert was issued for Blaise Barnett early Wednesday, an hour after someone stole the SUV with him in it.

The child was in his car seat while his parents were unloading grocery bags at 1 a.m. Wednesday at the Parc 1000 apartments on Montreal Road in Clarkston, Georgia.

The keys were left in the ignition and the engine was running.

Xavier Barnett, Blaise's father, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he had just carried his 3-year-old nephew into the apartment, and when he returned for his son, the SUV was gone.

"I just broke down. Please, bring him home. The car don't even matter, just bring my son home," he said.
 

Police found the abandoned SUV Wednesday afternoon, 11 hours after it was stolen. But the child is still missing.

The SUV with paper tags was located at the vacant Brannon Hills Condominiums complex along Memorial College Avenue.

James Dent told Channel 2 Action News he saw a man walking in the area, which drew his attention to the stolen SUV.

Dent said he tried to approach the man, who ran off shouting. Clarkston police found the man and questioned him, but later released him.

Social media users expressed their doubts about the case on Twitter.com.

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An Atlanta rapper watched from a window as his girlfriend was kidnapped outside his home in the Chosewood Park neighborhood.

Mariam Abdulrab had just finished working a late shift as a bartender at Revery VR Bar in Midtown Atlanta when she was kidnapped at 5 a.m. on Friday, August 13.
 
READ ALSO: Atlanta police charge suspect in bartender’s murder, kidnapping
 
Atlanta-based rapper Germ, real name Jerry Antoine, told a 911 dispatcher he heard a commotion outside the home they shared.

He said he observed a man grab Adbulrab and shove her into an SUV at gunpoint.

The rapper's calm demeanor during the 911 call cast suspicion on him.

"Oh my god, bro," he said. "I just watched her get kidnapped in front of my house. What the [expletive]. Oh my [expletive] god... Bro, bro, bro..."

Four hours later, Abdulrab's body was found about half a mile away. She had been shot to death.

Germ paid tribute to Abdulrab on Instagram.

"DAMN TODAY IS A DIFF FEELING I WATCHED MY REAL LIFE BEST FRIEND RIPPED AWAY FROM ME. I DNT KNW WAT TO DO S— IS STAND STILL BUT IMA MAKE SURE THEY REMEMBER HOW SELFLESS ND HAPPY YOU WERE YOU DIDNT DESERVE THIS [sic]."

In another post, Germ posed with supporters in front a of mural of Abdulrab. He captioned the photo:

"I LOVE YOU MERMZ. I ALWAYS TOLD YO LIL ASS YOU WERE LEGENDARY. IDK ANYBODY THT LOVED HARDER THAN YOU, YOU TAUGHT ME REAL LIFE LESSONS . #MARIAMFOREVER [sic]."

A GoFundMe created for funeral expenses raised over $53,000.

The fundraiser's description read:

"She had a love for animals and art. She was never boastful or unkind; she never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was an angelic soul who was a wonderful daughter, sister, and friend. We miss her dearly."

Georgia State Patrol officers arrested suspect DeMarcus Brinkley, 27, following a high-speed car chase that ended when the SUV collided with another car in Griffin, Georgia on Friday.

Brinkley was treated at a local hospital for his injuries. He was booked into Fulton County jail on Tuesday, online jail records show.
 

 
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A waitress was abducted and assaulted after she chased 5 diners who skipped out on a $70 dinner bill over the weekend.

The three Black males and two Caucasian females are seen on surveillance video leaving the Nifty Fifty's restaurant in Turnersville, New Jersey on Saturday night.

The 5 masked suspects got into a white Dodge Durango and drove off when the 20-year-old waitress chased after the vehicle, WPVI reports.

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One male suspect jumped out of the car and fled while the others pulled the waitress into the SUV and drove off.

The waitress was assaulted inside the vehicle before she was dumped by the side of a highway. She ran back to the restaurant and immediately called police.

She suffered bruises to her head, face and neck and was transported to a hospital where she was treated for head and neck injuries and a possible concussion.

Police released video footage of the abduction and asked for the public's help to identify the suspects who remained at large as of Monday morning.

"The vehicle headed north on Route 42, made a U-turn and was heading south towards Monroe Township, and [they] pushed her out of the vehicle," Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik said.

Gurcsik urged restaurant employees not to chase diners who skip out on their bill. They should try to take down the license plate of their vehicle and report it to police.
 

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The Texas teenager who allegedly kidnapped and fatally stabbed a 4-year-old boy has been charged with capital murder.

Cash Gernon's body was found on a residential street around 6 a.m. on May 15. Prosecutors say Darriynn Brown kidnapped Cash from his bed and stabbed him to death with an "edged weapon."

Cash and his twin brother, Carter, were in the care of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, when he was snatched.

Surveillance footage from a baby monitor shows a man who resembles Brown carrying Cash out of the house.

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The Dallas Police Department upgraded Brown's charges to capital murder after forensic evidence linked him to the child.

"Evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking Darriynn Brown to Cash Gernon at the time of his death," said a statement issued by the Dallas PD.

Brown, 18, reportedly interacted with Cash at Sherrod's home in the days before the murder and was familiar with the family.

A neighbor identified Brown as the same man who broke into his home, attacked him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in a separate incident in February.

Brown is charged with burglary and injury to the elderly in that case.

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The suspect accused of snatching 4-year-old Cash Gernon from his bed and stabbing him to death says he is not the man seen in video footage in the boy's room.

A jogger found the boy lying dead in the street on the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.

A coroner determined the boy had been stabbed multiple times.

Darriynn Brown, 18, was arrested later that day and charged with kidnapping and burglary. Injury to a child was added to his list of charges.

Cash and his twin brother were staying at the home of their father's ex-girlfriend, Monica Sherrod, about eight blocks away from where his body was found.

Sherrod identified Brown in the video surveillance footage. However, Heath Harris, Brown's defense attorney, says the man seen kidnapping Cash and returning 2 hours later to comfort his twin brother is not Brown.

"The world is basically prejudicing this whole community by saying, 'That's him,'" Harris told The Dallas Morning News.

He said, even if the man in the video was Brown, that doesn't mean his client is a killer.

Since Brown's arrest, a neighbor of Sherrod's told police Brown broke into his home, assaulted him and attempted to kidnap his 2-year-old granddaughter in February.

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The man said he didn't press charges at the time because Sherrod (pictured) asked him not to. He said Sherrod told him Brown was staying with her and that he had had a mental episode.

Sherrod originally told police that Brown was a friend of her eldest son. But her son told investigators he knew Brown from high school and they weren't friends.

Brown is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $1.625 million bail.
 

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The teenager suspected of abducting and killing 4-year-old Cash Gernon in Dallas, allegedly grabbed another child months earlier. But a grandfather's forgiveness allowed Darriynn Brown, 18, to escape punishment for that earlier crime.

According to the NY Post, Brown barged into a Dallas home and tried to kidnap a 3-year-old child in February. However, the child's grandfather declined to press charges.

The incident occurred on February 8, when Brown broke into a home and was caught by the homeowner who chased him with a kitchen knife.

Brown then returned to the man's home, kicked in the garage door and began punching the older man in the head -- before grabbing the homeowner's 2-year-old granddaughter as she slept, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KTVT.

The grandfather wrestled the crying toddler away from Brown who fled the home.

The grandfather told police he did not want to press charges at the time. He saw Brown weeks later at a Walmart and the teen apologized, the station reported.

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Three days after Cash Gernon was found dead on a Dallas street while wearing only pajama shorts, the older man met with child abuse detectives to say he wanted to press charges for the Feb. 8 incident, KTVT reports.

Brown remains in the Dallas County Jail on $1.6 million bail. He is charged with kidnapping, burglary, and injury to a child in the Cash Gernon case.

A capital murder charge is expected pending the results of forensic evidence.

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Miami-Dade PD

A 43-year-old Miami man has been arrested by police in connection with the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old boy.

Aliex Santiesteban was arrested on Monday night in Miami's Overtown neighborhood. He was charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and attempted murder.

He is being held in the Miami-Dade jail without bond, NBC Miami reported.

Police say the Hispanic boy was abducted off the street around 2 a.m. Saturday on 43rd Terrace and 30th Avenue.

The boy was walking down the street when a man pulled up alongside him, forced him into a vehicle, and drove him to an empty lot near Northwest 45th Street and 31st Avenue, where he was sexually assaulted in the back seat of the car.

Santiesteban allegedly shot the boy and pushed him out of the vehicle, WPLG Local News 10 reported.

A bystander heard the boy's screams and took him to a nearby convenience store where an employee called 911.

Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta told reporters the child car door locks had been activated, blocking the boy's escape.

Unbeknownst to his parents, the boy apparently snuck out of his house, and had arranged pillows on his bed to give the appearance he was asleep. He was on his way back home from his friend's house when he was abducted.

He is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, according to NBC Miami.