Episode 015: Mike Carbonell – Toddler Kidnapped for Ransom, Ira Einhorn


Retired Supervisory Special Agent Mike Carbonell served in the FBI for 28 years.  In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Mike is interviewed about his investigation of a toddler, Andy Siu, kidnapped for ransom from his parents place of business in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Mike also talks about working with investigator Richard DiBenedetto from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to locate fugitive Ira Einhorn in Europe and return him back to the United States to be prosecuted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Mike spent most of his Bureau career working bank robberies, violent crime and fugitives. Prior to retiring, he was the supervisor of the Philadelphia Violent Crimes and Fugitive Task Force which teamed FBI agents with officers and troopers from Philadelphia Police Major Crimes, the Philadelphia Warrant Unit and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

Michael Carbonell









Mike tells us that it is rare that people, especially children, are kidnapped for ransom. Below are links to newspaper articles about the Andy Siu kidnapping case and the capture and return of long-time fugitive from justice, Ira Einhorn:

Philadelphia Inquirer 4/7/1990:  A Kidnapping Undone,  A Kidnapping Undone Cont.

Philadelphia Inquirer – Two Plead Guilty In Kidnapping Of A Son Of Chinatown Merchant

Philadelphia Inquirer – 1/12/1993:  NJ Man Convicted as Kidnapping Mastermind

Philadelphia Inquirer – 7/27/2001:  Investigator in Einhorn case savors a victory long delayed,  Investigator in Einhorn case savors a victory long delayed – Cont.  

Mike working with an actor on the set of the movie Shooter when it was filming in Philadelphia in 2007. Mike and several agents from the Violent Crimes Task Force served as consultants for the feature film. Task force member Philadelphia Detective Andy Adams (with glasses) appeared as an extra in the movie.












Mike (in gray suit) stands next to FBI Director Louie Freeh as the Fugitive Task Force receives an award from the Director for the capture of a Top Ten fugitive.










Mike (right center) with members of his Philadelphia Fugitive Task Force Squad attending firearms training at the FBI Academy – Quantico, VA.











Mike eating a sandwich.













Patch with logo of the FBI Philadelphia Violent Crimes and Fugitive Task Force.









Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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