Update, December 17, 2019 at 7:20 p.m. ET: Karol Sanchez admitted to police that she faked her own kidnapping.
Karol Sanchez, 16, has been found. The Garifuna teen was walking down Eagle Avenue in the Bronx with her mother at around 11:20 p.m. when it happened: Two men grabbed the teenager, dragging her into a beige car. Her mother tried to fight them off, but she was pushed to the ground. The incident was captured on a security camera. On Twitter, the NYPD’s Chief of Department Terence Monahan announced at 2:42 p.m. ET that she was unharmed.
UPDATE: Karol Sanchez has been found unharmed.
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) December 17, 2019
Journalist Kemberly Richardson reported that Sanchez was dropped at a park, not far from where she was abducted. And she was eventually reunited with her family.
She’s alive! Karol Sanchez was just dropped at a park near where she was kidnapped last night, then the 16 yr old walked up street where police were posted. She was reunited w her family. No details on what happened, she appears to be ok, emotional reunion! @abc7ny #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/NusfkJlFV2
— Kemberly Richardson (@kemrichardson7) December 17, 2019
Before the reunion, police released the grainy video and asked the public for any information they may have, according to The New York Times. On Twitter, Fausto Pichardo, the Police Department’s chief of patrol, asked, “Have you seen Karol Sanchez?”
Her name was a top trending topic on Twitter (for the New York area) and many, like her cousin, tried to share as much information about the teen.
PLEASE HELP IN LOCATING MY COUSIN KAROL SANCHEZ, SHE WAS LAST SEEN ON EAGLE AVENUE BRONX NY AT 11:20 PM MONDAY NIGHT WITH HER MOTHER WHKM SHE WAS KIDNAPPED FROM, IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE CALL NY STATE AMBER AT 866-697-2623 pic.twitter.com/H5lnCozBkS
— Kema (@_k_amel) December 17, 2019
There’s still a lot of we don’t know about the kidnapping, but many are now breathing a sigh of relief.