04-02-2014, 10:57 PM #1
Australia - Raphael Joseph, 37, Sydney, NSW, 20 March 2014A SYDNEY man last seen jumping into a car with at least two men in the city's western suburbs is believed to have been kidnapped.
04-02-2014, 10:58 PM #2
Missing man Raphael Joseph suspected of involvement in a 2002 strip club shooting
HOMICIDE detectives are investigating the disappearance of a man suspected of involvement in a shooting at a western Sydney strip club more than 10 years ago.
04-02-2014, 11:45 PM #3Registered User
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This seems like a made for tv movie in the making...
Believed victim now originally suspect in a murder, flees to the US, gets caught and sent back, now believed to have been kidnapped and likely murdered or being held for ransom now himself? Seriously?
And yet they also think he got in the car willingly?
Police said Mr Joseph was a man of some means and believe he may have been kidnapped for financial gain.
“Extortion is one possibility for his kidnapp,” said Detective Willing today who said there had been no demands made of his family but may have been of his associates.
But he added Mr Joseph was well known to police and there could be other motives for his kidnap and probable murder.
Working on the likelihood of murder the police have been searching bushland at Flemington.
Members of his family withdrew from a planned press conference today because they were frightened.
04-03-2014, 12:10 AM #4
Original article says originally known as 'Rafi Tooma'.
MSM reports the original 2002 shooting 'led to a gang war involving several other killings, kidnappings and drive-by shootings...'
Subject of manhunt is held without bail
December 19, 2006
04-03-2014, 12:14 AM #5
When I Googled the name of the person shot in 2002, this link came up:
Dlasthr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dlasthr (The Last Hour) is an Assyrian criminal gang active in the south western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Members wear a distinctive clenched fist tattoo across their backs together with the letters AK (standing for Assyrian Kings)
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04-03-2014, 12:17 AM #6
Aussie fugitive pleads to remain in US
January 5, 2008
He has claimed that an Australian crime family has placed a $A100,000 bounty on his head "payable to anyone who kills him...
08-03-2014, 02:08 AM #7
Family's appeal for lost Sydney man as Missing Persons Week highlights 35,000 missing
The heartache of not knowing is a pain the Joseph family shares with 1600 Australian families.
Their loved one, Raphael Joseph, has been missing since March, and police fear an extortion attempt was behind his disappearance.
In 2013, 11,803 people were reported missing in NSW and 36 people remain missing:
– An average of 227 missing person reports are made each week
– An average of 32 missing person reports are made each day
– 60 per cent are under 18
– 10 per cent are over 60
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