Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Police searching for girl, 8, kidnapped while walking down the street

Police searching for girl, 8, kidnapped while walking down the street

Salem's mother went after her daughter, but she was thrown from the vehicle. "Suspect is in custody", the Fort Worth Police Department tweeted. Police released a photo of the girl and a description of the vehicle, news site KSAT12 reported.

Fort Worth police said the girl was found safe Sunday, about eight hours later, at a hotel in nearby Forest Hill.

Michael Webb, 51, has been arrested and booked on a charge of aggravated kidnapping.

Police have said that the young girl is in a "good condition" but she has still been taken to hospital to be checked out.

The mum had fought with the male kidnapper, grabbing a piece of his jewellery as he drove off. She spoke of the worry that consumed her Saturday until it became clear Salem had been found safe.

Salem Sabatka, 8, was kidnapped as she was walking with her mother on the night of May 18.

According to police, they received the tip from two local church members who were looking for the girl. Michael Webb, 51, has been charged with her abduction.

"As you can see, there's a smile on my face".

Sabatka and her mother were walking in their neighborhood together Saturday evening when the suspect drove up, grabbed the girl, and dragged her to his auto. It all began when Salem was out walking with her mom Saturday evening and a passing vehicle pulled her in, per KTVT. A neighbor's doorbell camera captured the moment Salem's mother was thrown from the auto.

The churchgoers saw the posts, found the vehicle and called it in to police. The briefing was held in front of the hotel where Salem was found by police.

"It's a phenomenal feeling", Calzada said. "We had citizens that went out of their way to help find them".

Calzada recounted how he and other officers were listening in on a radio as the police entered the hotel room and discovered Sabatka.

"I wasn't near the family, but I was listening on the radio when this came out and I was screaming and clapping, police spokesman Buddy Calzada told reporters".

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