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The Texas girl, who was torn from the street in front of her mother, is brought to safety in the hotel room of a 51-year-old man


The eight-year-old Texas girl who was torn from the street in front of her mother is found seven hours later in the hotel room of a 51-year-old man who is not related to her

  • Salem Sabatka was taken to a hotel in Fort Worth around 2 a.m. on Sunday
  • Michael Webb, 51, was taken into custody for heightened kidnapping
  • Eight-year-old Salem had been missing for over seven hours after being kidnapped on a Saturday night stroll with her mother in broad daylight
  • CCTV footage showed a man who grabbed Salem and put her in his car in the Ryan Place neighborhood of Fort Worth
  • Her mother jumped into the car and tried to save her daughter before the man pushed her out and drove off
  • Police reported descriptions of the suspect and his car that two citizens discovered in the WoodSprings Suites Hotel, less than 8 miles away

An eight-year-old girl torn from the street in front of her mother was brought to safety in a Texas hotel room seven hours later before the police arrested a 51-year-old suspect during her kidnapping.

The police discovered Salem Sabatka at a hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, around 2 a.m. on Sunday, less than 8 miles from where she had been kidnapped seven and a half hours earlier.

51-year-old Michael Webb was arrested and booked for severe kidnapping.

The young woman had been walking with her mother in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood on Saturday evening when a man grabbed the girl and put her in his car.

The heartbreaking surveillance video showed Salem's mother jumping into the vehicle and desperately trying to save her daughter before the kidnapper pushed her out and drove off.

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Her alleged kidnapper, 51-year-old Michael Webb (pictured). was charged with heightened kidnapping

Eight-year-old Salem Sabatka (left) was found safe after being torn off the street on Saturday night while walking with her mother in Fort Worth, Texas. Her alleged kidnapper, 51-year-old Michael Webb (right). was charged with heightened kidnapping

The police discovered Salem at around 2 a.m. on Sunday in a room in the WoodSprings Suites Hotel (picture), less than 13 km from the place where she had been kidnapped seven and a half hours earlier

The police discovered Salem at around 2 a.m. on Sunday in a room in the WoodSprings Suites Hotel (picture), less than 13 km from the place where she had been kidnapped seven and a half hours earlier

Officer Buddy Calzada said at the early Sunday press conference that Salem's alleged kidnapper, a 51-year-old man named Michael Webb, was arrested

Officer Buddy Calzada said at the early Sunday press conference that Salem's alleged kidnapper, a 51-year-old man named Michael Webb, was arrested

Two citizens contacted the police after discovering a car that matched the description of the car used in the kidnapping (above) outside the hotel in Fort Worth's Forest Hill neighborhood

Two citizens contacted the police after discovering a car that matched the description of the car used in the kidnapping (above) outside the hotel in Fort Worth's Forest Hill neighborhood

Shortly after her kidnapping, an amber alert was issued for Amber, who is 4'5 "tall, in which the suspect was described as a" fair-skinned black man with a thin build "and the car described as a dark gray four-door sedan with alloy wheels.

The warning included a photo of Salem wearing the same shirt she was wearing when she was taken.

Two citizens reported seeing a car in the WoodSprings Suites hotel parking lot in Forest Hill that matched Amber Alert's description and contacted the authorities.

Officials dispatched to the hotel, determined which room the suspect was in, and broke the door.

Salem has reportedly been found in good condition but taken to a local hospital for examination, Officer Buddy Calzada said at the early Sunday press conference.

The map above shows the approximately eight miles between the place where Salem was kidnapped on Saturday at 6:38 p.m. and the place where she was found in a hotel room hours later

The map above shows the approximately eight miles between the place where Salem was kidnapped on Saturday at 6:38 p.m. and the place where she was found in a hotel room hours later

An Amber Salert, released after Salem's kidnapping, described the suspect as a "light-skinned black man with a thin physique" and the car as a dark gray four-door sedan with alloy wheels

An Amber Salert, released after Salem's kidnapping, described the suspect as a "light-skinned black man with a thin physique" and the car as a dark gray four-door sedan with alloy wheels

A heartbreaking surveillance video from a nearby house showed Salem's mother, who jumped into the vehicle and desperately tried to save her daughter

A heartbreaking surveillance video from a nearby house showed Salem's mother, who jumped into the vehicle and desperately tried to save her daughter

The kidnapper pushed Salem's mother out of the car before driving off

The mother desperately called 911 and shouted, "Please help me, someone is calling the police, my daughter has just been kidnapped."

The kidnapper pushed Salem's mother out of the car before driving off when she frantically called 911 and shouted, "Please help me, someone is calling the police, my daughter has just been kidnapped."

The kidnapping took place on Saturday around 6:38 p.m.

A surveillance video from a nearby house showed Salem's mother crashing out of the vehicle after trying to get her daughter to safety.

The car sped off and the mother immediately dialed 911 and shouted, "Please help me, someone is calling the police, my daughter has just been kidnapped."

The police thanked the public for disseminating information about the suspect that ultimately allowed them to take Salem home.

The 2900 block of 6th Avenue in Fort Worth's Ryan Place is shown above

The 2900 block of 6th Avenue in Fort Worth's Ryan Place is shown above

The police thanked the public for disseminating information about the suspect that ultimately allowed them to take Salem home

The police thanked the public for disseminating information about the suspect that ultimately allowed them to take Salem home

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