Missing 8-year-old found safe at hotel, man in custody

Salem Sabatka found after churchgoers find car matching description

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

FORT WORTH, Texas - An 8-year-old girl at the center of an Amber Alert out of Fort Worth was found safe at a Fort Worth hotel early Sunday morning and a 51-year-old is man facing a felony charge in connection with her kidnapping, police said.

Michael Webb is charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, police announced early Sunday morning. According to Fort Worth police Officer Buddy Calzada, 8-year-old Salem Sabatka was found at the WoodSpring Suites hotel in Fort Worth after a local church member reported seeing a vehicle that matched the description of the Amber Alert.

Calzada said officers breached the door of a hotel room and found Sabatka inside the hotel with Webb.

According to For Worth police, Webb is not related to Sabatka.

Police said Sabatka appears to be in good health, but was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

An Amber Alert was issued after Sabatka was abducted while she and her mother were walking in the 2900 block of 6th Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

According to Calzada, a man in a dark gray, four-door vehicle pulled up, grabbed the child and put her in the car.

Calzada said Sabatka's mother tried to rescue her daughter from the abductor, but was thrown from the vehicle. He said Sabatka's mother immediately started asking witnesses to call police. The ordeal was captured on a resident's Ring doorbell camera.

Police have not yet shared a motive in the alleged kidnapping.

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