Police: Girl Whose Bronx Kidnapping Was Caught On Video Staged Entire Thing

Police said 16-year-old Karol Sanchez told them she had staged her own kidnapping in an attempt to run away from home.

Bronx, NY – The 16-year-old girl who was snatched from the sidewalk in front of her mother in the Bronx on Monday night has confessed that she faked her own kidnapping.

Police said that Karol Sanchez reappeared back at the scene at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and identified herself to police officers, WCBS reported.

Police sources said Sanchez was taken to the 40th Precinct where she admitted that she had staged the whole thing in an attempt to run away.

The staged kidnapping took place at about 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 16 as Sanchez and her mother were walking along Eagle Avenue near East 156th Street in the Bronx, WCBS reported.

The girl’s 36-year-old mother told police that a beige, four-door car pulled up beside them and two men jumped out and grabbed her daughter.

The very fuzzy surveillance videos from cameras on that street show the teen and her mother fighting back against the kidnappers, who pulled Sanchez into their car and knocked her mother to the ground.

Police said there were two other men waiting inside the vehicle that the teenage girl was shoved into, according to WCBS.

The men in the car fled with the teen girl in the backseat of their vehicle and her mother called 911.

“She was just screaming ‘My daughter, my daughter, my God, someone please help me.’ She was screaming hysterically. And I was looking, wondering what was going on. She was just screaming in the street,” a witness who saw Sanchez’s mother immediately after her daughter was taken told WCBS.

Police said the mother described the kidnappers as four men in their 20s who were wearing black clothing, according to the New York City Patch.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Sanchez and Crime Stoppers offered a $2,500 reward for information on her whereabouts, WCBS reported.

Family and community members put up posters with the 16 year old’s picture all over the neighborhood in the hours after she was taken.

But then, out of nowhere, Sanchez reappeared at the scene of her kidnapping.

“We was at the pole over there, looking at her picture, and we walked up the block, she was crossing the street to the cop car, and I was like ‘Yo, that’s her right there,'” witness Tommy Feliciano told WCBS.

Witnesses said Sanchez looked like she’d been through something when she reappeared.

“She was shaken up. She was bending over, grabbing her knees, and discussing with the police. And that’s when they took her into the parking garage for questioning,” another witness, Zani Koxha, told WCBS.

Within minutes of her appearance, police celebrated Sanchez’s return on social media.

But their enthusiasm may have been short lived.

Police said Sanchez admitted the kidnapping was a hoax and said that she had staged it with four accomplices in an attempt to run away from her family, WCBS reported.

The teenager lives with her family in Dutchess County but was visiting relatives in the city with her mother when she orchestrated the hoax.

Police have not yet filed any charges related to the incident and said they needed to talk to all parties involved before making any decisions, WCBS reported.

Comments (25)
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flybynight
flybynight

That can't be right..........................said no one ever!!!!!

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Another Obama era participation trophy immature Jesse Smollette wanna be that thinks it’s ok to waste law enforcement and the citizens time and emotions. You let one piece of shit get away with it, the rest of them will follow. Parenting at its finest.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

You know, I was going to say, something doesn't seem right when I first read the story.....

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

He mother was supposed to say it was four WHITE men that took her, you know, to start some shit and get international media attention

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Sounds like another spoiled brat who needs her ass whooped!!! I hope they charge her, the accomplices and make her pay the money wasted on her hoax!! Oh and momma you'd better run and get her put on Nexplanon to stop her from breeding!!

Aramovich
Aramovich

More to this to come, I think. Witnesses said she looked "like she'd been thru something". Perhaps her friends did something to her or she realized that those who "helped" her had ulterior motives?

LEO0301
LEO0301

A Minnie female HCD

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

She's Honduran, not black American. Sorry to burst your racist bubbles.

Stanracer
Stanracer

She needs to be charged to set an example.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Really? That can't be?? Quelle surprise!

mikemch
mikemch

she needs to spend Christmas break in county.

Njaz
Njaz

How could she be so heartless as to upset her Mom - let alone her getting pushed to the ground? She could have had a lifelong injury ! No reason for this - & she should be charged.