The New York Daily News reports that Sanchez orchestrated the kidnapping “to get away from her strict mom.” She confessed after being reunited with her family earlier Tuesday. The kidnappers are reportedly friends of hers.
A surveillance video from Monday evening at about 11:30 p.m. includes Sanchez and several men snatching her off of the street as she walked with her mother in the Bronx. The 10-second clip also features a beige sedan that pulled up just moments before, Sanchez was stuffed into the vehicle while her mother was shoved to the ground. It happened in the Melrose section of the Bronx near 775 Eagle Avenue.
A police source told the publication that when they realized the kidnapping had become a topic of today’s news, they panicked. “Once they realized what they did, with the amber alert on their phones, it was like, ‘Oh, s–t, we got a problem.’” An Amber Alert was prompted earlier today by the NYPD in addition to the printing of posters featuring Sanchez’s face alongside a description.
Sanchez turned up on Eagle Ave. near 156th St. at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday nearby where the incident took place. Police learned that the mother of the teen wanted to move the family back to Honduras and that Karol didn’t want to return there, according to sources.
CBS2 reports that the NYPD wants to speak with each person involved before moving forward with any charges. Sanchez and her family had been visiting relatives, they currently live in Dutchess County.
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
🚨Help us find 16-year-old Karol Sanchez.🚨
WE HAVE A VICTORY TODAY !! Karol has been found !!! Thank you to all who have worked very hard to track down the people involved in this case !!! pic.twitter.com/TYD7IlU49N
— NYPD 40th Precinct (@NYPD40Pct) December 17, 2019
Karol was abducted last night at 11:20pm in front of 745 Eagle Avenue, #Bronx, by 4 male suspects who were driving a 4-door beige sedan. Call 911 if seen or @NYPDTips with any info. Please share this video. pic.twitter.com/ycAX6M2GCl
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) December 17, 2019