A 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped from a Bronx street while walking with her mother Monday night has been found, according to a tweet from the NYPD’s 40th Precinct. Another officer tweeted that she was found “safe and unharmed.”
WE HAVE A VICTORY TODAY !! Karol has been found !!! Thank you to all who have worked very hard to track down the people involved in this case !!! pic.twitter.com/TYD7IlU49N— NYPD 40th Precinct (@NYPD40Pct) December 17, 2019
Journalist Kimberly Richardson tweeted a video clip of the teen’s “emotional reunion” with her mother, noting that Sanchez had been dropped off in a local park and appeared to be OK.
Details of what happened to the teen or who had taken her were not immediately known.
She’s alive! Karol Sanchez was just dropped at a park near where she was kidnapped last night, then the 16 yr old walked up street where police were posted. She was reunited w her family. No details on what happened, she appears to be ok, emotional reunion! @abc7ny #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/NusfkJlFV2— Kemberly Richardson (@kemrichardson7) December 17, 2019
The New York City Police Department has released disturbing surveillance footage they say shows a 16-year-old girl being kidnapped right off the street — all while her mother tries to fend off the kidnappers.
The search is on for Karol Sanchez, who was taken by two men Monday night from Eagle Avenue in the Bronx section of the city.
Grainy surveillance video obtained by WABC shows the abduction, which unfolded within seconds on the street.
The kidnapping happened as the mother and daughter were walking on the sidewalk.
Sanchez’s mother can be seen in the footage fighting with at least one man, who forcefully shoves her backwards at one point.
The teen was forced into a beige four-door sedan with two other men inside, according to sources.
The car drove off, and was last seen heading east on East 156th Street.
Police do not believe Sanchez knows the four men behind her abduction.
Sanchez stands 5’5″ tall and weighs 150 lbs. She has short black hair and brown eyes.
At the time she was kidnapped, she was wearing a dark blue short jacket, white sweater, blue jeans and black sneakers.
The suspects are described as males, in their 20s, with dark complexions.
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All were wearing dark clothing at the time of the crime.
Anyone who may have any information concerning Sanchez’s whereabouts is urged to called NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). Spanish speaking individuals should call (888) 57-PISTA (or 74782).