SF: Tow Truck Scammers Hit Unsuspecting Car Owners With Hefty Ransoms

It’s a scam that’s resulted in hundreds of stolen cars and in major cities across the country. Tow truck bandits show up at an accident before police and paramedics, tow away the cars, and hold them for ransom.


A Vallejo police cruiser. (CBS)

14-Yr-Old Jailed In Kidnapping, Sex Assault Of 65-Yr-Old Vallejo Woman

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the kidnapping, physical and sexual assault and attempted murder of a 65-year-old woman in Vallejo on Thursday evening, according to police.


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State Officials Appeal Release Of Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapper

California officials are appealing a court order that called for the immediate release of one of three men convicted of kidnapping and burying a busload of schoolchildren in a 1970s ransom attempt.


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Alleged San Jose Kidnapper Arrested Trying To Collect Ransom

A San Jose man police arrested earlier this week in connection with a kidnapping is being held without bail at Santa Clara County Jail on several felony offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon.

CBS San Francisco–01/14/2011


San Jose Police Investigate Kidnap-For-Ransom Case

San Jose police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the kidnapping of a businessman for a $1 million ransom earlier this month, the department said Wednesday.

CBS San Francisco–11/17/2010


5 Arrested In Kidnapping Of San Jose Businessman

Five men suspected of kidnapping a 35-year-old man in San Jose on Thursday night and holding him for $1 million ransom remained in custody Wednesday awaiting formal charges from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

CBS San Francisco–11/08/2010


Kidnappers Wanted $1M Ransom From San Jose Man’s Family

San Jose police arrested five men Friday for allegedly kidnapping a local food business owner and demanding $1 million ransom from his family for his safe return.

CBS San Francisco–11/06/2010


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