ALHAMBRA — A hearing was delayed Friday for a Monterey Park man accused of kidnapping a young San Gabriel Valley woman for ransom, cutting her throat and leaving her for dead in the desert, officials said.
DeQiang Song, 24, is charged with kidnapping for ransom and attempted murder in connection with the Sept. 8 incident.
An arraignment was scheduled for him Friday in Alhambra Superior Court, however it was continued to Nov. 22, court officials said.
Song allegedly kidnapped the woman, with whom he was acquainted, after taking her on a shopping trip in Arcadia, investigators said.
He allegedly bound her, demanded ransom from her father via telephone, cut her throat and abandoned her in a remote area of desert off the 15 Freeway between Apple Valley and Victorville.
The badly wounded woman walked about half a mile to the nearest home for help, officials said.
Detectives, who authorities said had been working with the woman’s father, jailed Song as tried to pick up ransom money in San Gabriel.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Song is being held in lieu of $2,050,000 bail at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.
A man was behind bars in Temple City Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping a woman for ransom and beating her, leaving her hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
The suspect was described only as a man in his 20s Thursday due to an ongoing investigation, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
Officials learned of the incident after a person in Cerritos received a ransom call, Whitmore said.
“(The person) received a call from the suspect demanding money for the return of the victim,” he said.
As detectives looked into the report Wednesday, a woman in her 20s arrived at an Antelope Valley hospital where she was listed in critical condition with “severe injuries,” Whitmore said.
It initially appeared she had been beaten, officials added.
“While the investigation is ongoing, the victim was either released or escaped,” he said.
Hours later, officials said, deputies arrested the suspect and booked him at the sheriff’s Temple Station.
“We don’t know when and where the abduction actually took place,” Whitmore said, and information about how the suspect was arrested was not released.
Whitmore declined to say whether a sexual assault is suspected.
The investigation was being handled by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau.
Sheriff’s officials both at the Temple Station and the Major Crimes Bureau deferred all comments to Whitmore.
No further information was available.
Also from the Wall Street Journal:
Authorities said they are trying to connect Phillip Garrido, accused of abducting then 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991, to two other nearby child kidnappings in the late 1980s.
The police department in Hayward, Calif., said Tuesday that Mr. Garrido is “one of the strongest” of about 13,000 leads in their search for Michaela Garecht, a 9-year-old who was abducted from the Hayward area in 1988. The police department in Dublin, Calif., said Tuesday it is also investigating whether Mr. Garrido is connected with the 1989 disappearance of Dublin resident Ilene Misheloff, then 13, from near her middle school. Both cities are situated within an hour’s drive of Antioch, Calif., where Mr. Garrido and his wife Nancy lived.
Both agencies said they acquired search warrants and on Tuesday were scouring Mr. Garrido’s property in Antioch, where Ms. Dugard was allegedly held in the backyard for 18 years. Ms. Dugard resurfaced last month and has since been reunited with her family.
The alleged Baldwin Park rape and kidnap victim recanted her entire story this afternoon in an interview with detectives from the Baldwin Park Police Department. The girl cited emotioinal problems as the reason for her false claims.
Details continue to emerge about the disturbing story of a 4-year-old Dayton, Ohio boy who reported to strangers that his mother had been shot to death after being abandoned by the alleged killer at a rest stop.
A suspect (Charlie Myers, 22, of Columbus, Ohio, pictured left) has been arrested and reportedly confessed to the crime, as reported by the Associated Press:
DAYTON — The 4-year-old boy’s explanation was even more startling than the sight of him, barefoot and clad in pajamas, standing alone in the lobby of a highway rest stop.
Judith McConnell and her husband, Michael, had pulled into the rest stop on Interstate 70 about 50 miles outside of Dayton just after 9 p.m. on Jan. 2.
The boy was by himself, staring out a window. Judith McConnell waved at him as they walked in.
What he said next was chilling: “A man came into my house without knocking and shot my mommy.”
The man then left him alone at the rest stop, the boy said.
The couple, driving home to Maryland after Christmas in Colorado, took the boy into their car to warm up and called police.
“He’s been abandoned here by a man with a gun,” Michael McConnell told police. “He’s quite disturbed.”
As they waited for deputies to arrive, the boy recited the information his mother had drilled into him — his address, his parents’ names, two phone numbers.
When Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies arrived at his family’s small white bungalow in Dayton later that night, they found the body of his 29-year-old mother, shot to death.
The woman died after struggling with her attacker, said Sheriff Phil Plummer. The killer also sexually assaulted the boy before taking him to the rest stop and abandoning him, police said.
The Associated Press is not naming the family so as not to identify the victim of an alleged sexual offense.
Police say a man under arrest has confessed to the crimes. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck is considering whether to seek the death penalty.