Authorities are searching for a 16-year-old girl after video showed her being dragged into a vehicle by several men while she was walking with her mother in New York City on Monday night.
According to the NYPD, it was around 11:20 p.m. when 16-year-old Karol Sanchez was walking with her mom on Eagle Avenue, near East 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx.
The mother and daughter were approached by a beige-colored four-door sedan that then stopped next to them, police said. Two unidentified men got out of the car, grabbed the teen girl and dragged her inside the vehicle, officials said.
The men pushed the girl’s mother to the ground before getting in the car, along with two other identified men, and driving off, heading eastbound on East 156th Street, police said.
The NYPD said it is not known currently if the victim knew the four men.
Karol Sanchez is described as standing about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 150 lbs., with short black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a short, dark-blue bubble jacket, a white undershirt or sweater underneath, blue jeans, black sneakers, and a white backpack, police said.
Anyone with information about the abduction is asked to call 911, New York State Police at 1-866-NYS-AMBER (1-866-697-2623) or the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting 274637.
UPDATE: Police state Karol Sanchez walked up to her relative’s home in The Bronx and had a meeting with police before she was making her way to a local precinct.
According to ABC7NY, Sanchez did not know who kidnapped her.