Update: December 17, 6:21PM CT – The NYPD has located 16-year-old Karol Sanchez and she reportedly confessed to staging her own kidnapping.
“At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sanchez suddenly showed back up at the scene and turned herself into police as stunned people on the street watched,” reported CBS New York Tuesday evening.
The police are currently searching for four accomplices who worked to stage the kidnapping that night.
Police say no charges have been filed at this time, according to CBS NY.
Original story continues below…
Surveillance footage from a Bronx neighborhood captured the moment a 16-year-old girl was kidnapped and thrown into a vehicle by a group of men, all while her mother tried in vain to stop them.
The grainy footage from Monday night shows the 36-year-old mother and her child, Karol Sanchez, walking along Eagle Ave. and E. 156th St.
A sedan approaches and two men get out and grab Karol, as they throw the screaming mother to the ground.
Witnesses described the mother’s reaction, as reported by The New York Post:
The shocking abduction left Sanchez’s mother pleading for help in the street, said area resident Shaniya Williams.
“She was out here screaming, ‘Oh my God, my daughter, my daughter, my daughter!’” said Williams, a mom of four who was headed to work Monday night when she saw the aftermath of the kidnapping.
“She was just hysterical crying. I just kept trying to talk to her,” said Williams. “She said she was looking for her.”
Customers at a nearby deli, Anthony’s Mini Market, said Sanchez’s mom eventually ran inside for aid.
“She was screaming, ‘Oh my God! Help help help! They took her, oh my God, help me!’” said one patron there at the time, who declined to give his name.
“The guy behind the counter kept asking her, ‘Who, who?’” added the customer. “She couldn’t say much. She just kept screaming and yelling.”
The NYPD issued an Amber Alert for Sanchez describing her as 5’05”, 150 pounds and “Last seen wearing blue bubble jacket, white undershirt, blue jeans, black sneakers and white back pack.”
“Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential,” New York Daily News reports.
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