CRIME: Hunting the Abductors

Shortly before dawn one day last week a 25-car caravan descended upon the 100-acre estate of Frederick N. Woods III near Portola Valley, Calif., 34 miles from San Francisco. Out of the vehicles burst 62 sheriffs deputies and federal agents armed with riot guns and tear-gas canisters. Their quarry, wanted on 27 counts of kidnaping and 16 counts of robbery: Woods' son, Frederick Woods IV, 25; James Schoenfeld, 24; and his brother Richard, 22, both sons of a podiatrist in Atherton, Calif.

The three, said police, are "armed and dangerous" and should be arrested "on probable cause." At week's end...

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