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Heroic Church Members Help Rescue Kidnapped 8-Year-Old Girl

Heroic Church Members Help Rescue Kidnapped 8-Year-Old Girl

By    |   Monday, 20 May 2019 12:09 PM

An 8-year-old girl kidnapped in Fort Worth was found safe on Sunday when two heroic local church members searching the neighborhood spotted a car matching the description police had put out of the suspect's vehicle.

"I feel like God allowed me to be a tool," said community pastor Jeff King, who combed the streets for the vehicle involved in the kidnapping of Salem Sabatka, according to NBC News.

Like many other community members, he had seen photos of the car posted onto the Fort Worth Police Department's Facebook page and took to the streets to find the missing girl. 

"I have two boys and I would have wanted as many eyes looking out for my boys as possible," he added.

Sabatka was walking with her mother on Saturday when she was grabbed by the suspect and forced into his vehicle. Her mother tried to fight back but could not stop her daughter from being abducted.

After being alerted, police immediately jumped into action, using social media as a platform to inform and update the public, and soon a massive search was underway. King finally spotted the suspect's vehicle outside a hotel and called the police. 

They were able to rescue Sabatka unharmed and arrested 51-year-old Michael Webb, who faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony.

Buddy Calzada, spokesman for the Fort Worth police, praised King and the other church member, who has not been named, saving Sabatka.

"They're our heroes tonight, I'll tell you that," he said, according to CNN.

Community members gathered to celebrate Sabatka's return Sunday afternoon.

"This is a very tight-knit community," said Tim Keith, who led the gathering, according to KTVT. "When anything comes up in this neighborhood that’s out of the ordinary, you see the citizens of this neighborhood band together very quickly."

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An 8-year-old girl kidnapped in Fort Worth was found safe on Sunday when two heroic local church members searching the neighborhood spotted a car matching the description police had put out of the suspect's vehicle.
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