A horrible kidnapping was captured on video in Fort Worth, Texas.
Here’s what happened:
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Salem Sabatka, 8, was walking with her mother along Sixth Avenue near West Lowden Street about 6:40 p.m. Saturday when a black man in a gray car grabbed the girl and pulled her into his vehicle, Fort Worth police said.
“Once he did that, the mother actually went after her child, as any mother would be expected to do,” Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters Saturday night. “The mother was literally thrown from the vehicle … and immediately started running to people to call the police.”
Police also shared footage of the incident captured by a neighbor’s doorbell camera.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Sabatka on Saturday night. She is white with brown hair, blue eyes, pierced ears and freckles under her eyes. She weighs 56 pounds and stands 4 feet, 5 inches tall. Officials said she was last seen wearing a teal “Centennial” shirt with periwinkle and seafoam green leggings.
The scumbag was captured by police after two church members reported seeing his car at a hotel parking lot:
According to Fort Worth police, police responded to the WoodSpring Suites in Forest Hill after two local church members saw information about the girl’s kidnapping on social media and spotted the suspect’s vehicle in the hotel parking lot. Officers entered the room and found Sabatka, who appeared to be in good condition. She was taken to a nearby hospital.
The suspect, a 51-year-old black man who is not related to Sabatka, is in police custody and faces a “potential charge of aggravated kidnapping,” Fort Worth police Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters early Sunday. The suspect’s name has not been released.
Calzada praised the community members who helped find Sabatka.
“We had citizens that went out of their way and help not just the Police Department but a family put some great closure to what we have going on right now,” he said, later adding: “These guys are our heroes.”
The police say the girl is “safe,” but that can mean a lot of things. They could mean that she has been recovered alive, but that doesn’t really exclude that she might have gone through some sort of horrific ordeal with that scumbag. Hopefully she didn’t.
Later they identified him as Michael Webb.
Webb doesn’t have a criminal history in Tarrant County, according to court records. His last known address is listed in Tyler, records say. Police also wouldn’t provide information on Sunday morning about where Webb currently lives, or what happened in the time between Salem being kidnapped and being found.
Webb has arrest records in Bowie County dating back to 1989 including burglary of a vehicle, burglary of a building, failure to identify as a fugitive and resisting arrest. In Tyler, Webb has been arrested on charges of terroristic threats, evading arrest and drug possession.
Now tell me he doesn’t deserve the death penalty. If you’re willing to do that in broad daylight in front of a girl’s mother, you are an absolute monster.