A Texas girl was abducted and thrown into a vehicle, police say


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

The child was apparently walking with her mother when a black male in a vehicle approached them and grabbed the 8-year-old at around 6:40 p.m.in the 2900 block of 6th Avenue. Officers responded, found out what room he was staying in and breached the door.

Sabatka was found in good condition, but was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

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

Suspect Michael Webb, 51, was arrested and now faces charges of aggravated kidnapping.

"It's a phenomenal feeling", Calzada said in the press briefing.

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 vehicle.

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Surveillance video from a nearby house showed her mother trying to jump in the vehicle and pull her daughter out.

Salem had been walking with her mother when a auto approached the two.

Police asked community members to be on the lookout for a gray Ford 500, a four-door sedan with little or no tint and alloy wheels.

Those with information in Sabatka's disappearance are asked to call the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-392-4222.

Calzada said members of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Public Safety were also assisting in the search for Sabatka.

Shortly afterward, Salem was found safe in the hotel.

A Texas Amber Alert has been issued for 8-year-old Salem Sabatka after she was violently abducted on a street in Fort Worth, local officials say. "We had citizens that went out of their way and helped not just the police department, but a family put some great closure to what we had going on right now". We've activated additional resources within our police department. We will keep providing updates.