Scumbag KIDNAPS 8-year-old girl as she walked with her mom, and it’s CAUGHT on VIDEO!

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.

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116 thoughts on “Scumbag KIDNAPS 8-year-old girl as she walked with her mom, and it’s CAUGHT on VIDEO!

  1. He’s like a rabid animal. With his police record and this latest brazen, evil act, he should at least be locked up for life, though I’d prefer they resort to something more final as a way of dealing with him – to save tax-payers from having to support him. The gall and evil of this is appalling.

  2. Thank God they found her. Hope that disgusting pos kidnapper gets justice served cold.

  3. ……..”potential charge of aggravated kidnapping,” Fort Worth police Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters early Sunday.
    I’ve never understood this language used in arrest. He guy kidnapped the little girl and was caught.

    1. Don’t want to charge a guy with the wrong crime.

      There’s an extra intent element to aggravated kidnapping beyond that of the simple intent to abduct. He has to intend to cause her harm, or sexually abuse her, or ransom her, or use her as a hostage as well. If he just snatched her and then kept her without freedom to leave, that’s just regular kidnapping.

      If you go after him with aggravated and he skates on it, per double jeopardy you wouldn’t be able to go after him for a lesser kidnapping charge.

    1. Because he was appropriately detained and arrested by law enforcement so that he could be duly charged with a crime and have his day in court.

      1. I’m not suggesting the police take him out in a hail of gunfire, unless he resists. I would prefer someone had taken him out before he got too far with the child.

  4. So very relieved she was found alive and quickly. I’m bothered she was taken to the hospital, though. That could have many implications, none of which are good.

    I generally can’t watch movies or TV series where kidknapping is part of the plot. There is something about it that bothers me at the very core. Rape & torture might rank worse for me.

    As to the death penalty, let’s wait for medical evidence from the hospital and then let him have his day in court. Let let Mom speak during the sentencing phase. If it turns out he either conducted rape or was in the process of trying it when discovered, the prison system will handle that little detail. Child rapists tend not to fare well there.

    1. It’s standard for them to take a child in this state to a hospital to be examined and any evidence collected, if necessary.

    2. I’m bothered she was taken to the hospital, though.

      That’s pretty standard procedure. Even in the case of zero physical harm, it’s still a shock and trauma that a doc should take a look over.

      1. I just read the timeline. He took her at 6:30pm Saturday and was found 2:30am Sunday. That’s a long time for an adult stranger to be alone with a child.

        Also read on one of the news sites that he was previously accused of sexual assault and battery last year, but the case had to be dismissed. His alleged victim was a prostitute and fled from the police – would not cooperate. Prosecutors had no choice but to dismiss the charges.

  5. Aggravated kidnapping charges is not enough. He wasn’t taking this young girl to an amusement park with a plan to release her after she’s had her fun. Odds are he was going to rape her and snuff her out, and IMO if you kidnap a young girl or boy (aside from cases involving a-hole parents) it should be treated as if the intent was to rape and kill and the charges should match.

    This man should have his brains splattered all over the wall. If they didn’t catch him this young girl would most likely not be alive. Guaranteed this man will get out before long and there likely WILL be dead children because of it. Who knows how many he may have already killed.

      1. @contemplator I couldn’t go that far without taking extenuating circumstances and motive into account. Yes, if a man kidnaps a child (randomly taken from the street) there can pretty much only be one motive. He should be given the death penalty. In most cases it would be the same for kidnapping women…but not always

  6. I’m thinking if it was just a car he was after he could have just dumped the little girl off somewhere.

  7. Don’t call the cops when you find him, just END HIM WHERE HE STANDS. That’ll teach the next scumbag.

  8. First off, moms, dads, and everyone else, buy a gun, train with it, carry it, and end theses MFers when they try to snatch your kids.

    Second, good job to the local pastors who put out the APB in church and sent the Remnant out to find this girl. God bless you. Well done, good and faithful.

    Third and final, I do not want the state to have the power to end anyone’s life. They can’t even deliver the mail, much less administer justice. That being said, if a jury finds him guilty of kidnapping, rape of a child, etc, then just turn him loose in general population and let the other inmates handle the situation.

  9. Well I don’t see this type of animal as human so I don’t think the “Eighth Amendment” applies. When proven a child is harmed, drawn and quartering or disemboweling should be totally legal and socially acceptable form of punishment to the perp.

  10. Capital Punishment is a necessary deterrent in a civilized society. The are some crimes that are either so heinous, or egregious that nothing less is sufficient. I do not look on the death penalty as an act of revenge, but one of national defense. The penalty needs to be fair in its application, certain, swiftly applied, and public. There should be no allowable excuses. Drug smugglers, dealers in addictive drugs, child abusers, violent rapists, cop killers, and violent repeat offenders should be made to know in no uncertain terms what fate awaits them.

    1. I believe if you get sentenced to die, you should have one year to appeal. Then at the end of that year you die PERIOD! Then and only then will this *$#% STOP!!!

  11. Don’t call the cops when you find him, just END HIM WHERE HE STANDS. That’ll teach the next scumbag.

  12. First off, moms, dads, and everyone else, buy a gun, train with it, carry it, and end theses MFers when they try to snatch your kids.

    Second, good job to the local pastors who put out the APB in church and sent the Remnant out to find this girl. God bless you. Well done, good and faithful.

    Third and final, I do not want the state to have the power to end anyone’s life. They can’t even deliver the mail, much less administer justice. That being said, if a jury finds him guilty of kidnapping, rape of a child, etc, then just turn him loose in general population and let the other inmates handle the situation.

  13. Capital Punishment is a necessary deterrent in a civilized society. The are some crimes that are either so heinous, or egregious that nothing less is sufficient. I do not look on the death penalty as an act of revenge, but one of national defense. The penalty needs to be fair in its application, certain, swiftly applied, and public. There should be no allowable excuses. Drug smugglers, dealers in addictive drugs, child abusers, violent rapists, cop killers, and violent repeat offenders should be made to know in no uncertain terms what fate awaits them.

    1. I believe if you get sentenced to die, you should have one year to appeal. Then at the end of that year you die PERIOD! Then and only then will this *$#% STOP!!!

  14. Well I don’t see this type of animal as human so I don’t think the “Eighth Amendment” applies. When proven a child is harmed, drawn and quartering or disemboweling should be totally legal and socially acceptable form of punishment to the perp.

  15. Aggravated kidnapping charges is not enough. He wasn’t taking this young girl to an amusement park with a plan to release her after she’s had her fun. Odds are he was going to rape her and snuff her out, and IMO if you kidnap a young girl or boy (aside from cases involving a-hole parents) it should be treated as if the intent was to rape and kill and the charges should match.

    This man should have his brains splattered all over the wall. If they didn’t catch him this young girl would most likely not be alive. Guaranteed this man will get out before long and there likely WILL be dead children because of it. Who knows how many he may have already killed.

      1. @contemplator I couldn’t go that far without taking extenuating circumstances and motive into account. Yes, if a man kidnaps a child (randomly taken from the street) there can pretty much only be one motive. He should be given the death penalty. In most cases it would be the same for kidnapping women…but not always

        1. I didn’t say death. I said no daylight. By that I meant no chance ever again at freedom. I suppose you can let him out when he’s old and frail and has no means of hurting another soul, if you want.

          1. @contemplator Lol, and so you did. I look back and it’s clear now, but I initially read it to mean something like “put out their lights”.

            I would still want it to be dependent on the motive, the goal, and circumstances. Kidnapping someone with a gun to their heads and taking them to an ATM I say send them away for a long long time. But I’d hate to send someone away for life because of mandatory sentencing and the circumstances in the case don’t call for it.

            Not that I have such a case in mind, but in about every mandatory sentencing punishment they do arise.

          2. As a parent myself, I am NOT obliged to pay to keep these sick twisted bastards alive. NO PRISON! Death to ANY that kidnap, rape and murder children. FULL STOP!

            1. @the-sane-silence-dogood I agree with that. I think even if they catch someone like this guy before he does anything to the child it should automatically be assumed he was going to rape and kill. Most of the children found in these situations are found dead so there’s no reason to assume they had other plans. The kidnapping charge is not enough. He should be put down like a rabid dog.

        2. As a father of two girls, I do NOT want to pay to keep these sick MF’ers alive. I don’t want to keep them alive. Put them in general pop or END THEM NOW! NO patience no fear, end them.

  16. Bust him with a hate crime too since that seems to be the only thing that sticks nowadays.

    1. huh? millions of people in prison for all sorts of things and you think hate crime is the only thing that sticks?

      1. Like a soggy brownie covered in cooked spaghetti to a wall. It’ll add a nice extra 5 years on him.

    2. Hate crime legislation is ridiculous. Just assume that the crime isn’t an act of charity.

  17. So very relieved she was found alive and quickly. I’m bothered she was taken to the hospital, though. That could have many implications, none of which are good.

    I generally can’t watch movies or TV series where kidknapping is part of the plot. There is something about it that bothers me at the very core. Rape & torture might rank worse for me.

    As to the death penalty, let’s wait for medical evidence from the hospital and then let him have his day in court. Let let Mom speak during the sentencing phase. If it turns out he either conducted rape or was in the process of trying it when discovered, the prison system will handle that little detail. Child rapists tend not to fare well there.

    1. I’m bothered she was taken to the hospital, though.

      That’s pretty standard procedure. Even in the case of zero physical harm, it’s still a shock and trauma that a doc should take a look over.

      1. I just read the timeline. He took her at 6:30pm Saturday and was found 2:30am Sunday. That’s a long time for an adult stranger to be alone with a child.

        Also read on one of the news sites that he was previously accused of sexual assault and battery last year, but the case had to be dismissed. His alleged victim was a prostitute and fled from the police – would not cooperate. Prosecutors had no choice but to dismiss the charges.

    2. It’s standard for them to take a child in this state to a hospital to be examined and any evidence collected, if necessary.

  18. Even if he cops a plea, his record insures that he’ll go away for a long time.

  19. I’m thinking if it was just a car he was after he could have just dumped the little girl off somewhere.

  20. Don’t think he will get the death penalty but some Bubba in prison may do everyone a favor once he’s sentenced.

    1. @sjmom Short eyes are segregated in prison. He could still have a rough time, though.

  21. No, the cretin doesn’t deserve the death penalty. I favor the death penalty in cases of multiple pre-meditated murders or the murder of a LEO, DA, or Judge (because they are the justice system).

    Right now, we don’t know what he did. Maybe he lost his marbles or was angry at the world and decided to take it out on a random “rich person.” There’s a slew of rich politicians preaching “evil rich people steal from the poor.” Maybe he planned to ransom her. We don’t know. It’s a little early to put the black cloth on the judge’s head and start loading up the needle.

    Even if he did his worst (as heinous and evil as that is), the death penalty is for killers like the illegal alien from Kenya (no, the other one, posing as a caregiver and stealing jewelry…the one in Texas, not Illinois) who committed multiple murders.

    1. Right now, we don’t know what he did.

      Yes. Which is why, as difficult as it is for the untrained, one must put aside their emotional outrage at our limited understanding of the facts, and remain calm, rational, and objective.

      It’s not easy. And not everybody can do it. But stepping back and viewing the matter with detached reason is the best step right now.

      1. I understand innocent until proven guilty, but he was also caught with a kidnapped kid!!! LOL!

        1. Yes, I get that part. I think it’ll be a slam dunk of a prosecution once they figure out the correct charge. But right now we’re not even really sure whether it was simple kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping.

          Either way, it won’t come with the death penalty though. I want to say that it doesn’t even necessarily come with a life sentence (I don’t know Texas’ particular laws on the subject). Often times, it’s 20-50 with possibility of parole. In lesser degrees of kidnapping, it’s only up to ten years.

          1. can’t a mexican emote irrationally on a blog post every now and then. fine, you’re right.

      2. Of course we do,the initial crime of Kidnapping was witnessed by the mother.Assault with a deadly weapon [the vehicle],assaulting the mother and the possibility of other crimes being committed,i.e.Parole or probation.

        1. That’s a very, very, generic picture, big. Your yourself admit it “the possibility of other crimes.” Meaning, there’s a lot we don’t know.

          We’ve got simple kidnapping. I think that’s beyond question. Even if we can’t prove that he was the driver (whoa! did you think of that?) who snatched the girl, we can prove that he was the one holding her against her will in the hotel room.

          But that’s ALL we’ve got right now. And simple kidnapping is ten years at most. We also don’t know WHY he kidnapped her. Not that it makes a difference as to the question of whether he kidnapped her – but there might be a defense there. Suppose he did it under duress. It’s possible.

          Point is, it’s not as cut and dry as you might think. A solid defense attorney could put up a fight here.

          1. I will start and finish with your final comment.This incident will never go to trial.The article listed only a few of his prior criminal history and with this incident he would never take a chance of a court or jury conviction.

    2. My standard for capitol punishment would be based more on absolute guilt or guilty beyond any doubt. Reasonable guilt still leaves a possibility of getting it wrong. Absolute guilt would have to be established by some legal standard like a combination of multiple witnesses, DNA, video etc. If a rape, murder, or child molestation met this standard I would execute them. In addition these cases should be completed in less than a year. No appeals no twenty years on death row. All cases currently on death row that don’t meet this should just go to life in prison stop wasting taxpayer money.

    1. Because he was appropriately detained and arrested by law enforcement so that he could be duly charged with a crime and have his day in court.

        1. It seems to me, and I could be wrong, that we are a nation of laws we obey or not depending on where we live, who is in charge and if and when we decide the law works to support our narrative. Other than that – I agree with you completely.

        2. Let him talk to a public defender and then let them see a judge. If he is guilty, kill him.

      1. I’m not suggesting the police take him out in a hail of gunfire, unless he resists. I would prefer someone had taken him out before he got too far with the child.

    1. I sure did not have to debate very long whether or not I enjoyed your response or AT’s response.Check the up votes.

  22. @soopermexican “Now tell me he doesn’t deserve the death penalty.”
    I agree !

  23. Thank God that the child was found alive! Mom was very brave. And that’s why I carry. I was under the impression that almost everyone in Texas did. It is disgusting that children can not play outdoors in our society these days anywhere. I hope Texas justice puts this lowlife away for a very long time.

    1. statistically it’s not that much more dangerous than it used to be. we’re just more aware of these insanely rare, but very frightening cases.

      1. Probably, with the 24/7 news cycle, although, it seems as if there are occurrences every day now. Plus we have a population that’s a lot larger than when I grew up in the late 60s early 70s. Back then we thought Patty Hearst kidnapping was horrible. We didn’t hear much about other children at the time.

  24. Thank God they found her. Hope that disgusting pos kidnapper gets justice served cold.

  25. ……..“potential charge of aggravated kidnapping,” Fort Worth police Officer Buddy Calzada told reporters early Sunday.
    I’ve never understood this language used in arrest. He guy kidnapped the little girl and was caught.

    1. Don’t want to charge a guy with the wrong crime.

      There’s an extra intent element to aggravated kidnapping beyond that of the simple intent to abduct. He has to intend to cause her harm, or sexually abuse her, or ransom her, or use her as a hostage as well. If he just snatched her and then kept her without freedom to leave, that’s just regular kidnapping.

      If you go after him with aggravated and he skates on it, per double jeopardy you wouldn’t be able to go after him for a lesser kidnapping charge.

      1. Ok, but where is the potential in this? The SOB kidnapped her. There were witnesses and he was caught in a motel room with her. No potential about it.

        1. Again, all you’re describing is simple kidnapping. If all he does is abducts and prevents her from leaving, we’re not dealing with aggravated kidnapping.

          The “potential” for aggravated kidnapping depends on what, if anything, he did with her while she was kidnapped. If he did absolutely nothing but snatch her and prevent her from leaving a hotel room, it won’t be aggravated. It’ll be second or third degree kidnapping (and if there was no threat of deadly force in the kidnapping, probably third).

          Long story short is, what the cop is saying is “we want to throw the book at him.” Whether or not the specific circumstances of this kidnapping will let them is where the potentiality comes into play.

      2. absolutely. I’d much rather the police be careful than try to mollify the public.

  26. He’s like a rabid animal. With his police record and this latest brazen, evil act, he should at least be locked up for life, though I’d prefer they resort to something more final as a way of dealing with him – to save tax-payers from having to support him. The gall and evil of this is appalling.

  27. What bothers me about this isn’t just the atrociousness of the crime – but, man, a mom and her girl can’t even walk down the street in daylight anymore. Do you think she’s ever going to take these kinds of walks again, ever?

    I don’t pretend that the bygone days of earlier generations were these perfect places where nothing bad ever happened. But FFS, there was a time we could leave our doors unlocked. There was a time we could leave the car keys in the visor. There was a time we could trust and rely on our neighbors.

    I’m pretty damned cynical. I don’t go so far as to believe that the bad folks now outnumber the decent ones. BUT the bad ones are really bad these days, and getting worse. And the best the good ones can do is buy guns and locks and cameras.

    1. Now tell me he doesn’t deserve the death penalty.

      *deep breath* Well….

      Well… never mind. Agree to disagree.

      1. that’s fair. this is why i’m not a judge in charge of life and death…. yet.

  28. Bust him with a hate crime too since that seems to be the only thing that sticks nowadays.

    1. huh? millions of people in prison for all sorts of things and you think hate crime is the only thing that sticks?

      1. Like a soggy brownie covered in cooked spaghetti to a wall. It’ll add a nice extra 5 years on him.

    2. Hate crime legislation is ridiculous. Just assume that the crime isn’t an act of charity.

  29. Don’t think he will get the death penalty but some Bubba in prison may do everyone a favor once he’s sentenced.

    1. @sjmom Short eyes are segregated in prison. He could still have a rough time, though.

  30. No, the cretin doesn’t deserve the death penalty. I favor the death penalty in cases of multiple pre-meditated murders or the murder of a LEO, DA, or Judge (because they are the justice system).

    Right now, we don’t know what he did. Maybe he lost his marbles or was angry at the world and decided to take it out on a random “rich person.” There’s a slew of rich politicians preaching “evil rich people steal from the poor.” Maybe he planned to ransom her. We don’t know. It’s a little early to put the black cloth on the judge’s head and start loading up the needle.

    Even if he did his worst (as heinous and evil as that is), the death penalty is for killers like the illegal alien from Kenya (no, the other one, posing as a caregiver and stealing jewelry…the one in Texas, not Illinois) who committed multiple murders.

    1. Right now, we don’t know what he did.

      Yes. Which is why, as difficult as it is for the untrained, one must put aside their emotional outrage at our limited understanding of the facts, and remain calm, rational, and objective.

      It’s not easy. And not everybody can do it. But stepping back and viewing the matter with detached reason is the best step right now.

      1. I understand innocent until proven guilty, but he was also caught with a kidnapped kid!!! LOL!

      2. Of course we do,the initial crime of Kidnapping was witnessed by the mother.Assault with a deadly weapon [the vehicle],assaulting the mother and the possibility of other crimes being committed,i.e.Parole or probation.

    2. My standard for capitol punishment would be based more on absolute guilt or guilty beyond any doubt. Reasonable guilt still leaves a possibility of getting it wrong. Absolute guilt would have to be established by some legal standard like a combination of multiple witnesses, DNA, video etc. If a rape, murder, or child molestation met this standard I would execute them. In addition these cases should be completed in less than a year. No appeals no twenty years on death row. All cases currently on death row that don’t meet this should just go to life in prison stop wasting taxpayer money.

    1. I sure did not have to debate very long whether or not I enjoyed your response or AT’s response.Check the up votes.

  31. Thank God that the child was found alive! Mom was very brave. And that’s why I carry. I was under the impression that almost everyone in Texas did. It is disgusting that children can not play outdoors in our society these days anywhere. I hope Texas justice puts this lowlife away for a very long time.

    1. statistically it’s not that much more dangerous than it used to be. we’re just more aware of these insanely rare, but very frightening cases.

      1. Probably, with the 24/7 news cycle, although, it seems as if there are occurrences every day now. Plus we have a population that’s a lot larger than when I grew up in the late 60s early 70s. Back then we thought Patty Hearst kidnapping was horrible. We didn’t hear much about other children at the time.

  32. What bothers me about this isn’t just the atrociousness of the crime – but, man, a mom and her girl can’t even walk down the street in daylight anymore. Do you think she’s ever going to take these kinds of walks again, ever?

    I don’t pretend that the bygone days of earlier generations were these perfect places where nothing bad ever happened. But FFS, there was a time we could leave our doors unlocked. There was a time we could leave the car keys in the visor. There was a time we could trust and rely on our neighbors.

    I’m pretty damned cynical. I don’t go so far as to believe that the bad folks now outnumber the decent ones. BUT the bad ones are really bad these days, and getting worse. And the best the good ones can do is buy guns and locks and cameras.

    1. Now tell me he doesn’t deserve the death penalty.

      *deep breath* Well….

      Well… never mind. Agree to disagree.

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