Police searching for girl, 8, kidnapped while walking down the street

Fort Worth Police Department
Salem Sabatka 8 was kidnapped by a stranger near her home in Fort Worth Texas on Saturday

Fort Worth Police Department Salem Sabatka 8 was kidnapped by a stranger near her home in Fort Worth Texas on Saturday

Police found Webb and the girl at the hotel after witnesses reported seeing the vehicle there.

Salem Sabatka and her mother were walking through their neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when a man allegedly drove up and puled Salem into his vehicle, police said.

Her mother tried to jump into the auto to get her daughter back, but the man shoved her out of the vehicle and sped away, CNN affiliate KTVT reported.

The suspect in the kidnapping of a girl in Fort Worth, Texas, was charged a year ago with sexual assault in Smith County. He said Sabatka's mother immediately started calling for witnesses to call police.

Michael Webb, 51, is accused of kidnapping Salem on Saturday evening. She has brown hair, blue eyes, freckles under her eyes and has pierced ears.

The Fort Worth Police Department said on Twitter just before 2:30 a.m. that Salem Sabatka was found safe at a hotel in the Fort Worth suburb of Forest Hill and that a suspect was in custody.

The churchgoers saw the posts, found the vehicle and called it in to police. "Worth Police, Ft. Worth officers arrived on scene", Calzada said.

Police issued an Amber Alert for Salem and posted her photos and pictures of the auto to social media.

Police thanked the media for publicizing the incident and concerned citizens for directing them to the location of the suspect's vehicle.

Alarming video of the drive-by kidnapping showed the mother falling to the bitumen while a grey sedan drove away.

Police said the girl was taken to the local hospital and appeared to be in good health. He faces an aggravated kidnapping charge.

Calzada said Saturday night that the Department of Homeland Security and Texas Department of Public Safety have been called in to help.

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

Shortly afterward, Salem was found safe in the hotel.

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