Girl, 8, Found Safe and Suspect Arrested Hours after She Is Abducted in Broad Daylight in Texas
May 19--A young Texas girl was found safe early Sunday after a stranger abducted her in broad daylight just hours before.
An Amber Alert went out for Salem Sabatka, 8, who went missing during a walk with her mother in Fort Worth on Saturday night after an unknown man suddenly pulled her into his car.
Police got the call at about 6:38 p.m. local time Saturday, Fort Worth Police Department Officer Buddy Calzada confirmed to The News.
"Help me please, someone call the police, my daughter just got kidnapped," Salem's mother can be heard screaming in surveillance video that captured the frantic mother trying and failing to rescue her daughter before the car drove off.
Members of Homeland Security and the Department of Public Safety assisted Fort Worth Police in the search for Salem, who was found around 2:20 a.m. Sunday.
The discovery came after a pair of local churchgoers saw the department's social media posts about the case and discovered the suspect's car in a hotel parking lot, about nine miles from the crime scene. The unidentified pair, who Calzada hailed as heroes, reported the vehicle to authorities who then located the man's hotel room and found Salem inside.
Michael Webb, 51, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, according to Calzada. Webb is not related to Salem.
Though Salem appeared to be physically unharmed when found, she was checked at a hospital "per normal protocol," Calzada told The News. She was reportedly calm when found.
"As you can see, there is a smile on my face. I'm here to report that Salem has been found safe," Calzada told reporters Sunday. "We didn't literally find her. We had citizens that went out of their way, help not just a police department but a family put some great closure to what we have going on right now." ___
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