A desperate search for a kidnapped Texas girl, 8, ended after two alert church members alerted police about the vehicle of the suspect on Sunday, May 19, authorities have confirmed.
Salem Sabatka was abducted while walking with her mother at approx 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. A man grabbed her and put into his car.
The Fort Worth Police Department took to Twitter at approx. 2:30 a.m. to confirm that Sabatka was found safe at a hotel in Fort Worth, Forest Hill.
A suspect was arrested.
A spokesman for the police, Buddy Calzada, told media,
I wasn't near the family, but I was listening on the radio when this came out and I was screaming and clapping. So I can tell you if I was screaming and clapping as an officer here in Fort Worth just listening in, it's unbelievable what the family was thinking.
The mom jumped into the car of the kidnapper and "fought ferociously." However, the suspect pushed her out and drove away.
The mother was captured being thrown from the car in a neighbor's doorbell camera.
Authorities put out an Amber Alert describing of the vehicle of the suspect as a gray four-door sedan after which two local church members called officials after spotting the car at a hotel in Forest Hill.
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