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Old 05-27-2009, 12:02   #1
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Woman/Daughter Kidnapped


This story bears a striking resemblance to the "Almost carjacked yesterday..." sticky on this board. Maintain due diligence and be ready to defend yourself if someone hits you from behind in your vehicle.

Mom abducted, daughter missing

Philadelphia Daily News 215-854-5084
The woman who made a 9-1-1 call yesterday was stricken with fear.
In a terrified voice, police said, 38-year-old Bonnie Ann Sweeten told how she had been grabbed by two men after a minor accident in lower Bucks County, shortly before 2 p.m., shoved into the back of a Cadillac and driven away.
She said that her 9-year-old daughter, Julia Rakoczy, had been with her but remained in her vehicle, a GMC SUV. It was not at the scene when cops arrived.
An Amber Alert was issued for the girl.
Lt. Frank Vanore, Philadelphia police spokesman, said that the woman told the 9-1-1 operator that she was driving her silver-colored 2005 GMC Denali SUV on Street Road near Southampton Road in Upper Southampton Township when a black Cadillac rear-ended her vehicle.
She said that she got out of the vehicle and two men jumped out of the Cadillac, grabbed her and forced her into the trunk.
"It seems like a very distressed call," Vanore said. "You could tell she was scared."
The woman gave her name and how to reach her husband, Richard Larry Sweeten, of Feasterville, but she said nothing about what her abductors might have said to her, Vanore said.
Julia Rakoczy was described in the Amber Alert as being 4 feet 1 with long brown hair, blue eyes and a dime-sized birthmark on her forehead.
Although the abduction occurred in Bucks County, Vanore said that the 9-1-1 call was traced to a tower that placed it near 12th and Walnut streets, in Center City.
The FBI joined the investigation later in the day.
"We're treating this as an abduction," said FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver, while acknowledging that there were "inconsistencies" in the woman's account.
The Denali's Pennsylvania license number is GYK8998.
Bonnie Sweeten is described as 5 feet 11 with blond hair and blue eyes.
Last night, the Sweeten home on Saxon Drive near Bristol Road, Feasterville, was the mecca for well-wishers, many of them visibly upset and teary-eyed. There was no one in the house, and visitors stood outside.
Kate Carr, who said that she is Bonnie's aunt, arrived with her teenage son.
"I'm still in shock," she said through her tears. "But she's a good mom. She loves her kids, and she is protecting Julia. I know she's protecting her."
Bonnie and her husband also have an 8-month-old daughter, and Bonnie has another daughter, Paige, 15, from a previous relationship.
Also at the house was Ryan McFadden, 15, who works with Richard Sweeten in his landscaping business, which he operates from his home.
McFadden said that he and his mother heard about the abduction on the news and he came racing to the house.
At least 10 people left messages of support on Bonnie Sweeten's Facebook page last night, including one that said: "The whole class of '89 is praying for you."
Sweeten's page said that she graduated in 1989 from Bensalem High School.
Under the section for favorite quotations, she added, "I always tell Paige and Julia 'Make Good Choices' before they leave for school or go on a trip without me or a parent."
Reports that Philadelphia police impounded a black Cadillac that was suspected to have been involved in the incident could not be confirmed last night.*
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Old 05-27-2009, 20:30   #2
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You may want to have a look at this, apparently it's a shame and they were found in Disney:,2933,522399,00.html
A missing Pennsylvania woman's story about being abducted with her daughter appeared to be unraveling Wednesday evening, as several news organizations reported that police had taken the woman into custody.

The reports said a surveillance camera had captured Bonnie Sweeten, 38, and her 9-year-old Julia Rakoczy boarding a plane to Florida on Tuesday shortly after Sweeten's frantic 911 calls.

And ABC News cited law enforcement sources who said Sweeten apparently had faked the abduction and taken Julia to Disney World in Orlando, where she booked a hotel room under a fake name.

The investigation also uncovered that Sweeten allegedy was involved in stealing about $300,000 from her former employer, an attorney in suburban Philadelphia, the network reported.
NRA Lifer !
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Old 05-27-2009, 21:34   #3
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WTF is wrong with people??? This woman is NUTS! This is why I carry a gun...some people are just not right in the head.
Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
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Old 05-28-2009, 00:31   #4
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And can you believe that some people feel sorry for her......It's amazing just how far some of them will go...
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:16   #5
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She was arrested at the Grand Floridian hotel in Disneyworld.

Hey if your going to fake your own kidnapping and run away to Disneyworld, you might as well go to the nicest, most expensive hotel there.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort distinguished as the flagship hotel of Walt Disney World Resort and offering world-class dining, entertainment and luxurious accommodations in its 6 stately red-gabled buildings. This magnificent hotel sits along the white-sand shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, and enjoys proximity to Magic Kingdom theme park.

Room rates start at $399 per night, plus tax in a standard room most nights during Value Season. (Additional per adult charges apply for more than 2 adults per room. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply.)
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:14   #6
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It is important to remember that even though this particular woman made up the story that it is a situation that can happen, and that you should always be prepared.
If you are in an accident, don't get out of the safety of your vehicle, lock your doors, and call the police right away. Draw attention to yourself from people that may have witnessed the accident. Give the license plate of the other vehicle and any other description you may have of the subjects in the other vehicle. Most of all, keep your cool.
If you do not feel safe getting out of your car in the area that you are in, get the police on the phone and ask the police to meet you in a place that you do feel safe.
This situation does play itself out occasionally, and it is important to remember that even if you think the accident was your fault, you and your family's safety comes first, and that criminals try to manipulate these kinds of situations to their advantage. Road rage kills!
There isn't always going to be an officer right around the corner, so you need to make sure that you make the proper steps to protect yourself and your family until they get there.
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