Feature

Arrest in child’s killing

The week's news at a glance.

Stanton, Calif.

Police this week charged a California man, Alejandro Avila, with kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and murdering 5-year-old Samantha Runnion. The girl and a friend were playing near their homes when a stranger asked for help finding a puppy, then snatched Samantha as she kicked and screamed. Her naked body was found a day later, lying in brush 60 miles away. Tips led detectives to Avila, 27, who was acquitted two years ago of molesting two 10-year-olds. Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona said DNA tests and other physical evidence left him “100 percent certain” he had his killer. “I told you we would hunt you down,” Carona said in announcing the arrest. Through a lawyer, Avila said he was not Runnion’s killer.

Recommended

Iran set to pardon thousands detained in protests, state media says
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Setting Them Free

Iran set to pardon thousands detained in protests, state media says

Pope appeals for peace in final leg of African pilgrimage
Pope Francis greets crowds in South Sudan.
A Papal Visit

Pope appeals for peace in final leg of African pilgrimage

Pervez Musharraf, ruler of Pakistan during war on terror, dies at 79
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
Rest in Peace

Pervez Musharraf, ruler of Pakistan during war on terror, dies at 79

10 things you need to know today: February 5, 2023
A suspected Chinese spy balloon over Montana.
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: February 5, 2023

Most Popular

Yale honors Black girl who had the police called on her for spraying lanternflies
Spotted lanterflies
black girl magic

Yale honors Black girl who had the police called on her for spraying lanternflies

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean
A suspected Chinese spy balloon over Montana.
99 Red Balloons?

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean

McConaughey took movie role due to fortune teller's advice
Matthew McConaughey
how to cast a guy in one day

McConaughey took movie role due to fortune teller's advice