An eight-year-old girl snatched off the street in front of her mother was found safe seven hours later in a Texas hotel room before police arrested a 51-year-old suspect in her kidnapping.
Police discovered Salem Sabatka at a hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, at around 2am Sunday less than eight miles from where she was abducted seven and a half hours earlier.
Michael Webb, 51, has been arrested and booked on a charge of aggravated kidnapping.
The youngster had been out on a walk with her mother Saturday evening in Fort Worth’s Ryan Place neighborhood when a man grabbed the girl and put her in his car.
Heart-wrenching surveillance video showed Salem’s mother jumping into the vehicle and desperately trying to save her daughter before the kidnapper shoved her out and drove off.
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Eight-year-old Salem Sabatka (left) has been found safe after being snatched off the street while on a walk with her mother in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday evening. Her alleged abductor, 51-year-old Michael Webb (right). has been charged with aggravated kidnapping
Police discovered Salem at around 2am Sunday in a room at the WoodSprings Suites hotel (pictured) less than eight miles from where she was abducted seven and a half hours earlier
Officer Buddy Calzada said at the press conference early Sunday that Salem’s alleged kidnapper, a 51-year-old man named Michael Webb, was taken into custody
Two citizens contacted police after spotting a car matching the description of the one used in the abduction (above) outside the hotel in Fort Worth’s Forest Hill neighborhood
An Amber Alert was issued for Salem, who is 4’5″, shortly after her abduction, describing the suspect as a ‘light skinned 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.
Two citizens reported seeing a car that matched the Amber Alert description in the parking lot of the WoodSprings Suites hotel in Forest Hill and contacted authorities.
Officers dispatched to the hotel determined which room the suspect was staying in and breached the door.
Salem was reportedly found in good condition but was taken to a local hospital to be checked out, Officer Buddy Calzada said at the press conference early Sunday.
The map above shows the roughly eight miles between where Salem was abducted at approximately 6.38pm Saturday and where she was found hours later in a hotel room
An Amber Alert issued after Salem’s abduction described the suspect as a ‘light skinned black male of skinny build’ and the car as a dark gray four-door sedan with alloy wheels
Heart-wrenching surveillance video from a nearby home showed Salem’s mother jumping into the vehicle and desperately trying to save her daughter
The kidnapper shoved Salem’s mother out of the car before driving off as she frantically called 911, screaming: ‘Help me please, someone call the police, my daughter just got kidnapped’
The abduction took place at approximately 6.38pm Saturday.
Surveillance video from a nearby home showed Salem’s mother tumbling out of the vehicle after attempting to pull her daughter to safety.
The car sped off and the mother immediately dialed 911, screaming: ‘Help me please, someone call the police, my daughter just got kidnapped.’
Police thanked the public for spreading the information about the suspect, which ultimately allowed them to bring Salem home.
The 2900 block of 6th Avenue in Fort Worth’s Ryan Place neighborhood is seen above
Police thanked the public for spreading the information about the suspect, which ultimately allowed them to bring Salem home
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