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By Joseph Serna | August 14, 2009
A Costa Mesa man and two others shot and stunned a Van Nuys man before blindfolding him and whisking him away in a van to hold him for ransom, federal prosecutors said Friday. Vagan Adzhemyan, 41, of Costa Mesa, Suren Garibyan, 32, of North Hollywood and Galvin Shaun Gibson, 30, of Mira Loma could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of federal conspiracy and kidnapping charges listed in a grand jury indictment released Thursday. Prosecutors said Adzhemyan and his cohorts kidnapped the man July 29 after shooting him in the chest and using a Taser gun to overpower him in his apartment complex parking garage.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 25, 2013
Months before a Newport Beach man was kidnapped and severely beaten last year, he had traveled to Las Vegas with a business acquaintance he knew from his Orange County medical marijuana dispensary, according to court testimony given Wednesday by police detectives who investigated the attack. On that trip to the desert, the Balboa Peninsula resident spent tens of thousands of dollars on hotel suites and gambling and allegedly paid for his associate to have a massage that included a sexual act, according to the Newport Beach Police detectives.
LOCAL
December 8, 2009
An estranged Newport Beach mother pleaded not guilty Tuesday to offering a private investigator $10,000 to kidnap her son and take him to Mexico, where she would pick him up. Niveen Ismail, 43, was charged with solicitation to commit kidnapping Tuesday after Newport Beach police arrested her Friday, when she met an undercover officer who agreed to kidnap her son for money, prosecutors said. Ismail’s 7-year-old son lives with a foster family in Lake Forest and is in the process of being adopted, according to authorities.
LOCAL
December 4, 2009
A Newport Beach woman is being held on $500,000 bail after police said she tried to kidnap her biological son from his foster parents. Niveen Ismail, 43, was arrested Friday afternoon after agreeing to pay an undercover Newport Beach detective money to kidnap her 7-year-old and take him to Tijuana, Mexico, where she would pick him up, authorities said. Police were tipped off that Ismail was soliciting private investigators for the plot, said Sgt. Evan Sailor. Authorities would not reveal the name of the foster parents, child or investigators because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, Sailor said.
LOCAL
By By Andrew Edwards | November 26, 2005
Two men, who authorities believe were trying to smuggle two women and a child into the U.S. from Brazil, were arrested in Costa Mesa on Thursday.The federal government may file charges against two men who were arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping. Immigration authorities believe the pair may have attempted to smuggle two women and a child into the United States from Brazil. Costa Mesa police arrested Reynaldo Eid Jr. , 46, of New York City and Alaor Docarmo Olivera Jr., 51, of Danbury, Conn.
NEWS
May 14, 2005
Michael Miller Two students reported an abduction attempt near Paularino Elementary School on Thursday, panicking parents for a day until the boys admitted they made up the tale as a cover for tardiness. Thursday morning, a pair of brothers arrived late at Paularino, telling administrators that a man in a white car had accosted them on their way to school and attempted to pull the older one into his car, said Sgt. Marty Carver of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
NEWS
November 15, 2013
Newport Beach police Friday arrested a man suspected of kidnapping a woman from the Balboa Peninsula and holding her at gunpoint. Bradley John King, 42, of Rhode Island, was arguing with a woman while they were out for dinner and drinks Thursday evening, Newport police said. When the argument escalated, King allegedly forced her into his car near 28th Street and Balboa Boulevard at about 7:15 p.m., police added. When she tried to escape, King pointed a gun at the victim's head and forced her to stay in the car while he drove to Anaheim, according to police.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 19, 2012
Two adults were kidnapped in Newport Beach earlier this month and later discovered bound and beaten in Kern County, according to court documents reviewed by the Daily Pilot and follow-up interviews with police. Newport Beach Police arrested Kyle Shirakawa Handley Oct. 6 in connection with the crime, Lt. Jon Lewis confirmed Friday, but two other suspects remain at large. Handley, 33, of Fountain Valley, is being held at Orange County Jail and faces charges of kidnapping for ransom, torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary with sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 23, 2012
Additional details emerged this week about a Newport Beach kidnapping that left two adult victims bound in the Mojave Desert, court documents show. A Balboa Peninsula resident spotted the three presumed kidnappers unload a ladder from a truck and lean it against the victim's home in the 100 block of 25th Street before the kidnapping occurred, according to public records the Newport Beach Police Department filed. The suspects extended the ladder to the home's third-story deck and appeared to prepare for work, records show.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
A Newport Beach woman accused of trying to kidnap her son was acquitted by a jury Thursday. After a week-long trial, Niveen Ismail, 45, was acquitted after being accused of trying to hire someone to kidnap her 7-year-old boy, who would then take the boy to Mexico where he and Ismail would rendezvous and fly to Egypt, Ismail's native country. Her son was adopted by a Lake Forest family after taken from Ismail's custody in 2005. —Joseph Serna Twitter: @JosephSerna
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