A mother walking with her 8-year-old daughter experienced a nightmare in Fort Worth, Texas.
The mother who cannot be named and her daughter, Salem Sabatka, were attacked by a man who grabbed Salem.
He bundled the girl into his car but thankfully was captured on a neighbor’s doorbell camera.
An Amber Alert was issued and the Fort Worth Police Department posted a photo of the 8-year-old on Facebook with a short description of the attack.
They released a description of the man, who was an “unknown black male with a bald head, no facial hair [and] skinny build wearing a navy jacket and a gray shirt,” according to the post.
The suspect’s car pictures were distributed and neighbors, friends and volunteers turned out in large numbers to find Salem.
This is the shirt Salem Sabatka was wearing when she was kidnapped.
Soon somebody gave a tip about a Forest Hill WoodSpring Suites hotel, and the Forest Hill police showed up to the room of 51-year-old Michael Webb.
The girl was forced to hide in a laundry basket as he had threatened to harm her and her family if she made any sounds, was revealed by a video.
Another tip by a friend of the family revealed the wanted vehicle in the parking lot of the same hotel, and when a Fort Worth police showed up, and broke down the door, they hauled out a naked Webb and discovered Salem’s hiding place.
Webb has been convicted of kidnapping and was handed out a life sentence in prison.
“We believe that justice has been served in this case. And we are thankful for and agree with the Judge’s decision to sentence him to life in prison. My hope is that this family and this community will find solace in knowing that he will never be able to harm another little child again,” U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox said.
The neighbor’s doorbell camera and a family friend’s tip helped Fort Worth Police Department make the ground breaking discovery.
Thank You to everyone who offered their time to volunteer in the search for Salem Sabatka. Thank you for all of the…
“Thank You to everyone who offered their time to volunteer in the search for Salem Sabatka,” the department wrote in a Facebook post. “Thank you for all of the messages and tips provided by our followers.
A harmless walk in the neighborhood turned out to be a nightmare for the family of Salem Sabatka. We really need the protection and wisdom of God for our families and loved ones in these evil times.