GreekChat.com Forums

Go Back   GreekChat.com Forums > GLO Specific Forums > Alpha > Alpha Kappa Alpha


Register Now for FREE!
Join GreekChat.com, The Fraternity & Sorority Greek Chat Network. To sign up for your FREE account INSTANTLY fill out the form below!

Username: Password: Confirm Password: E-Mail: Confirm E-Mail:
 
Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

  I agree to forum rules 

» GC Stats
Members: 211,175
Threads: 109,587
Posts: 2,124,482
Welcome to our newest member, German92

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-23-2002, 11:21 AM
Honeykiss1974 Honeykiss1974 is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: ?
Posts: 5,888
Unhappy *UPDATE*Another little girl is abducted - FOUND ALIVE!!!!

Philadelphia girl reportedly abducted

Family of 7-year-old says it has received ransom demands


ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA, July 23 — A african american 7-year-old girl was reportedly abducted from a Southwest Philadelphia street corner by two men who may have made a ransom demand, police said Tuesday.
Witness told police that the girl, Erica Pratt, who is about 3-foot-5 and weighs 70 pounds, was grabbed Monday night from a corner in the Kingsessing neighborhood near the Mount Moriah Cemetery.
They said she was taken away by two heavyset men in a white car with dark tinted windows. Cpl. Tom Read of the Special Victims Unit said Tuesday that police are investigating whether a ransom demand may have been made in the case of the missing girl. However, Erica’s family has told NBC affiliate WCAU that it has received at least seven phone calls from the alleged abductors, demanding $150,000 ransom. Although the Special Victims Unit is best known for handling sex crimes, Read said his unit also handles child abduction cases.




© 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed


__________________
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
- Bill Cosby

Last edited by Honeykiss1974; 07-23-2002 at 10:08 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-23-2002, 12:54 PM
kiml122 kiml122 is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: The same place for years
Posts: 3,765
Send a message via AIM to kiml122
Unfortunately the one in Philly is drug related. I just hope the little girl is returned unharmed.
__________________
DSQ

Be Breezy - Calvin from "House of Payne"
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-23-2002, 01:11 PM
korkscru korkscru is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Posts: 420
Send a message via AIM to korkscru Send a message via Yahoo to korkscru
Re: Another little girl is abducted - ransom wanted

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Honeykiss1974


ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA, July 23 — A african american 7-year-old girl was reportedly abducted from a Southwest Philadelphia street corner by two men who may have made a ransom demand, police said Tuesday.
Witness told police that the girl, Erica Pratt, who is about 3-foot-5 and weighs 70 pounds, was grabbed Monday night from a corner in the Kingsessing neighborhood near the Mount Moriah Cemetery.


MY question is: WHY IN ALL OF GOD'S NAME WAS THIS 7-YEAR-OLD ON A STREET CORNER AT NIGHT???

Where in the WORLD were the adults (like her grandmother) who were supposed to be watching her?????

THOSE are two of MY main concerns. I tell ya, some of these people with children just need to be SHOT!!! They're like GIVING our young children over to predators. There is NO WAY that I would allow my SEVEN year-old to be outside at night without my or my husband's supervision. You would THINK that with all of these abductions of children AND adults that people would be even MORE aware and conscious of what's going on around them, ESPECIALLY when it comes to CHILDREN.

SOMETHING just don't smell too "kosher" about this story. I'm willing to bet that this story will to take a STRANGE turn by the time everything is said and done.

Last edited by korkscru; 07-23-2002 at 01:16 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-23-2002, 01:19 PM
PositivelyAKA PositivelyAKA is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 407
Exactly

my sentiments exactly, something is not right about that story, and why she was out by herself is beyond me.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-23-2002, 02:30 PM
kiml122 kiml122 is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: The same place for years
Posts: 3,765
Send a message via AIM to kiml122
Quote:
Originally posted by kiml122
Unfortunately the one in Philly is drug related. I just hope the little girl is returned unharmed.
The paper is saying that the little girl was snatched because the family came into some case money. The little girl was snatched because of a drug deal gone bad, and the people want thier money....
__________________
DSQ

Be Breezy - Calvin from "House of Payne"

Last edited by kiml122; 07-23-2002 at 02:34 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-23-2002, 05:05 PM
korkscru korkscru is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Posts: 420
Send a message via AIM to korkscru Send a message via Yahoo to korkscru
Quote:
Originally posted by kiml122


The paper is saying that the little girl was snatched because the family came into some case money. The little girl was snatched because of a drug deal gone bad, and the people want thier money....

Yeah, Kim, I understand that it appears to be drug-related. But that STILL does not explain WHY she was OUT ON A STREET CORNER AT NIGHT...and BY HERSELF. I mean, I'd be more receptive to this story if she had been abducted from her home, her school, the playground DURING THE DAY, or even snatched WHILE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN ADULT. But according to what I'VE read, neither of these scenarios were the case. So I'm STILL asking, what was she doing on that street corner AT NIGHT by HERSELF? Now will SOMEBODY PLEEEEZ tell me what's wrong with this story????
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-23-2002, 05:59 PM
camelot_beauty camelot_beauty is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: the mid-south
Posts: 3
all this abduction and kidnapping going on? huh.......makes me scared to have a child. My goodness what is wrong with these people. I feel so bad about the Runnion case; he didn't have to do that little girl like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-23-2002, 09:04 PM
ClassyLady ClassyLady is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: In my skin, when I hop out, you can hop right in
Posts: 1,181
Unfortunately korkscru, children out at night is no longer uncommon in Philadelphia. There have been nights when I was coming in the house from my night out where I have seen children still outside playing with no adult in sight. Actually, I just saw a toddler, still in diapers, out walking on the sidewalk at 11 pm the other day. Her mother was on the porch, but was hardly watching her.

Anyway, this has been getting major coverage. Apparently, the little girl's family received a $150,000 pay out from her uncle's life insurance policy. He was killed in a hale of gunfire last March. It was reported that the uncle and the two suspects were members of rival rap groups.

I just pray that this little girl makes it home safely. What is going on in the world today?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-23-2002, 09:23 PM
AKAtude AKAtude is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: SC
Posts: 2,052
Angry

Quote:
Originally posted by korkscru
Yeah, Kim, I understand that it appears to be drug-related. But that STILL does not explain WHY she was OUT ON A STREET CORNER AT NIGHT...and BY HERSELF. I mean, I'd be more receptive to this story if she had been abducted from her home, her school, the playground DURING THE DAY, or even snatched WHILE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN ADULT. But according to what I'VE read, neither of these scenarios were the case. So I'm STILL asking, what was she doing on that street corner AT NIGHT by HERSELF? Now will SOMEBODY PLEEEEZ tell me what's wrong with this story????
That is the question I want answered, too. With numerous kidnappings getting so much coverage lately, people should be more aware and cautious when it comes to protecting their children. And what makes those fools think they are going to get away with abducting a child? Isn't kidnapping a federal crime?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-23-2002, 10:10 PM
Honeykiss1974 Honeykiss1974 is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: ?
Posts: 5,888
Talking

******************************************

UPDATE!!
http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/07/23/phi...irl/index.html

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Erica Pratt, the 7-year-old girl abducted from a city street one day ago, has been found alive, police said Tuesday evening.

Witnesses said the girl was kidnapped -- kicking and screaming -- from a street corner Monday night.

Police said earlier they were looking for 29-year-old James Burnes and 23-year-old Edward Johnson.

"We believe these two individuals have information that can possibly shed light on the subject of her whereabouts and the circumstances surrounding her abduction," said Philadelphia Police Inspector William Colarulo.

He said investigators believe the two men are known by Erica's family and others in the neighborhood. Colarulo said anyone with information should call the FBI or local tip hotline.

The chief said the Monday night abduction did not appear to be random and that investigators believe the motive was money.

Colarulo said Erica apparently was the target, because the 5-year-old she was walking with at the time was not taken. The inspector would not comment on reports the kidnapping might have been gang-related.

Twenty minutes after the abduction, the girl's grandmother Barbara Pratt, 45, began receiving calls threatening the girl's life and demanding $150,000 in ransom money, Colarulo said. Erica lived with the grandmother.

Erica talked with her grandmother during one of the calls, police said.

Colarulo said a $10,000 reward for information leading to Erica's safe return has been posted by police. Police have a special hostage negotiation team on stand-by if needed, he said.

Several people besides the playmate witnessed the apparent abduction, Colarulo said.

Some said two men were in a white car, possibly a Buick, with tinted windows and a broken latch over the gas tank. Erica was just a few feet from her home when she was grabbed, police said.

"The 5-year-old witness said a heavy-set male wearing a white T-shirt -- he had a very large stomach, very heavy-set -- and a baseball cap got out and grabbed the 7-year-old and carried her into the car," Colarulo said.

Colarulo said the car was driven by another man who was shouting, "Come on, let's get out of here."

Erica's mother, Serina Gillis, said at least one of the men called out the girl's name.

Gillis told her daughter, "If you're watching me, I love you and I hope to see you as soon as possible."

Colarulo said police were unsure of the whereabouts of the girl's father. He said the FBI was assisting with technical support and some advanced investigative capabilities.

A neighborhood pastor, Stacy Adams, said he knew Erica, calling her "a really sweet girl" who was "very kind-hearted and respectful."
__________________
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
- Bill Cosby
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-24-2002, 01:07 AM
DELTABRAT DELTABRAT is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Posts: 854
The neighborhood pastor's name is Stacy Adams ( lawd)!

Anyways, this is a sad case. It is interesting that the seven year old's grandma is only 45 years of age which leads me to believe that the mother is fairly young and most likely, negligent.

This is crazy!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07-24-2002, 11:31 AM
FeeFee FeeFee is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 4,229
Send a message via Yahoo to FeeFee
Thumbs up

Thank God that little girl is alive and well. I hope those kidnappers get the maximum prison time possible.
__________________
1908 - 2008
A VERY SERIOUS MATTER.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-24-2002, 03:40 PM
PositivelyAKA PositivelyAKA is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 407
Talking

i heard she bit thru duck tape to free herself, go Erica!!! she's probably street smart.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-24-2002, 03:43 PM
Steeltrap Steeltrap is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Free and 43 in San Diego and Lake Forest, CA
Posts: 7,330
Send a message via AIM to Steeltrap Send a message via Yahoo to Steeltrap
Quote:
Originally posted by DELTABRAT
The neighborhood pastor's name is Stacy Adams ( lawd)!

Anyways, this is a sad case. It is interesting that the seven year old's grandma is only 45 years of age which leads me to believe that the mother is fairly young and most likely, negligent.

This is crazy!
CTHU on "Stacy Adams."

Your observation about the mother is dismaying, but it's probably true.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-24-2002, 09:21 PM
ClassyLady ClassyLady is offline
GreekChat Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: In my skin, when I hop out, you can hop right in
Posts: 1,181
Something about this case is really starting to seem fishy to me. It's getting a lot of coverage here and something about all of this just doesn't sit right with me. I was watching the news yesterday, before she was recovered, and her mother was on there saying "I have a feeling that everything is going to be okay." She was just a little too calm for me. I know you can't expect everyone to behave a certain way when their child is missing, but she just gave me the creeps. It was almost like she knew for a fact that her daughter was okay. And, then when I heard that the little girl had escaped and how she did it. The way that she got free, it just seemed like too much for a seven year old girl to be able to do. Supposedly, she bit through the duct tape, hobbled up the steps, kicked through the door, broke the window and then screamed for help. Something just doesn't sit right with me about all of this.

I am starting to wonder if her mother wasn't some how involved. Lord, I hope not but that's what my gut is telling me.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.