An eight-year-old girl was found safe seven hours later in a hotel room in Texas before police arrested a 51-year-old suspect in her kidnapping.
At a hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, at around 2 am Sunday, police found Salem Sabatka less than eight miles from where she had been kidnapped seven and a half hours previously.
On charges of aggravated abduction, Michael Webb, 51, was detained and booked.
The youngster was out on a stroll in Fort Worth’s Ryan Place neighbourhood with her mom on Saturday night when a guy caught the kid and placed her in his vehicle.
Heart-wrenching monitoring video showed Salem’s mother jumping into the vehicle and trying desperately to save her daughter before the kidnapper pushed her out and drove off.
An Amber Alert was issued for Salem, who is 4’5 “shortly after her abduction, describing the suspect as a ‘ light skinned skinny black male of skinny build ‘ and the car as a dark gray four-door sedan with alloy wheels. The alert included a photo of Salem wearing the same shirt she had on when she was taken.
Officers sent to the hotel determined the space in which the accused was living and broke the gate. Officer Buddy Calzada said early Sunday at the press meeting that Salem was supposedly discovered in excellent shape but was transferred to a local clinic to be carried out.
The kidnapping took place on Saturday around 6.38pm.
Surveillance video from a neighboring house showed Salem’s mom falling out of the car after trying to safely drag her daughter.
The vehicle drove off and the mom instantly rang 911, screaming:’ Please help me, somebody is calling the cops, my girl has just been abducted.’ Police thanked the public for distributing the suspect’s data, which eventually permitted them to take Salem back.