NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 16-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped right in front of her mother staged the whole thing, sources told CBS2.
The apparent kidnapping in the Bronx was staged by Karol Sanchez, who allegedly confessed to it after being reunited with her family Tuesday.
No charges have been filed at this time, but police are looking for four male accomplices.
The surveillance video would send chills through any parent: Four men snatching a 16-year-old off a Bronx Street.
Karol Sanchez is escorted by a police officer after being located following an Amber Alert on Dec. 17, 2019. (credit: Zani Koxha)
Sources say it was all staged Sanchez, who was unhappy, and four accomplices.
Blurry surveillance video showed the scene in the Melrose section of the Bronx near 775 Eagle Avenue at 11:30 p.m. Monday.
The video shows four men in a sedan pull up to Sanchez and her mother, grab the girl and push the mom to the ground.
The NYPD put out an Amber Alert and flooded the neighborhood with missing posters.
At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sanchez suddenly showed back up at the scene and turned herself into police as stunned people on the street watched.
“We was at the pole over there, looking at her picture, and we walked up the block, she was crossing the street to to the the cop car, and I was like ‘Yo, that’s her right there,’” said Tommy Feliciano.
“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,” Zani Koxha said.
Sanchez was brought to the 40th Precinct stationhouse, where sources told CBS2 she staged the whole thing with four accomplices. Family issues are apparently at the root of her unhappiness.
The NYPD wants to talk to all involved before deciding who, if anyone, to charge.
All day, residents had worried about Sanchez, and kept a close eye on their own children. They worried about Sanchez’s mother. Witnesses say she was distraught Monday night after her daughter was driven away.
“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,” one witness said.
Sanchez and her family live in Dutchess County but have been visiting relatives in the Bronx.
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Law enforcement sources in Jersey City have named the two shooters who killed Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals in the Bay View Cemetery before calmly driving to a kosher supermarket where they murdered three Hasidic Jews. They also wounded two police officers and a fourth Hasidic Jew as well.
The two shooters whose names were reported to be David Anderson and Francine Graham by various media but were not confirmed by police, however, were killed by Jersey City police officers.
There was a great deal of confusion on Tuesday about their genders with police initially reporting them to be a male and female, then two males. During Wednesday’s news conference, Public Safety Director James Shea refused to confirm the names and/or genders of the suspects and deferred all questions to the Attorney General’s Office, saying the investigation was now being handled at that level; he referred to both as “individuals.”
Multiple media reported Wednesday that Anderson was a former member of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, whose members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Officials said there were anti-police and anti-Semitic posts online linked to Anderson’s social media page; investigators are checking to see if they were written by Anderson himself.
Leah Minda Ferencz, 33, who owned the JC Kosher Supermarket at 223 Martin Luther King Drive, a customer, Moshe Deutsch, 24, and a store worker, Miguel Douglas, 49, were all gunned down Tuesday afternoon. The two police officers who were wounded in the shootout were walking a patrol beat a block away when they heard the gunfire; they saved many lives by immediately racing to engage the attackers.
Reports of a third suspect have not been confirmed and were eventually dropped.
Investigators found a brief and “rambling, manifesto-style” note inside the van driven by Anderson and Graham, according to a report by The New York Times, which quoted a law enforcement official and a second official familiar with the case.
In addition, a live pipe bomb was also found inside the vehicle, the law enforcement official said.
Few details were available about Graham, but New York News 4quoted a neighbor who said she was a former home health aide in Manhattan who met Anderson after “she got hurt at work and quit; he says Graham turned into a ‘dark person’ after they met.” The neighbor added that Graham moved away a year ago; the city told the news outlet the mortgage was assumed by the bank in November 2018.
At a morning news conference on Wednesday, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Police Chief Michael Kelly and other city officials said examination of the CCTV footage clarifies the shooters unquestionably targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket in their attack. The store serves a budding Hasidic Jewish community of about 100 families who moved to the area from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, where housing availability has become scarce and pricey.
“In the footage, the shooters were seen slowly driving a stolen U-Haul van down the street and then parking the van in front of the store, Fulop said. “We do feel comfortable that it was a targeted attack on the Jewish kosher deli … We could see the van moving through Jersey City streets slowly,” he added.
Shea was more blunt.
“On the video, they park the van, they exit the van with the long guns in their hands and immediately begin firing toward the location that we lost three of our citizens in yesterday,” the Public Safety director pointed out. “There were multiple other people on the streets, so there were many other targets available to them that they bypassed, to attack that place. So it was clearly — that was their target, and they intended to harm people inside.”
The police chief had already told reporters on Tuesday in the hours after the attack that officers were met with “high-powered rifle fire” when engaging the suspects. The exchange of gunfire went on for more than an hour.
“Let me just say that there were two officers on a walking post one block south and when they heard the gunshots they responded immediately,” the mayor said. “From what we could tell in the CCTV cameras, had they not responded and had they not been there in that location more than likely more people would have died.”
The reason the perpetrators likely stayed inside the kosher market rather than moving on to the synagogue next door, or into the yeshiva upstairs, the mayor said, had to do with the fact that police had already moved in and had begun to engage them.
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MIAMI (WSVN) – A seasonal worker for UPS has been arrested after he was accused of returning to steal packages that he had helped drop off.
Police arrested 18-year-old Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr. Tuesday and charged him with third-degree grand theft, which is a felony.
According to police, Reggin was a seasonal employee for UPS and would help the full-time driver unload packages at various locations.
Police said on Monday that Reggin helped unload 5,500 packages at a company near 190th Street and Fifth Avenue in Northeast Miami-Dade.
While unloading the truck, police said surveillance video showed Reggin grabbing several packages containing two Kindles, an iPad and a Surface Pro tablet and placing them in and under dumpsters at the business when his coworker was not looking.
Detectives said after stashing the items, Reggin came back later in the evening after he had clocked out and picked them up.
Police said Reggin repeated the process the following day when he returned to help unload more packages at the business. This time, he placed two boxes under the dumpster. The boxes contained a laptop and two PlayStation 4s.
However, the business manager was alerted to the boxes under the dumpsters and checked surveillance cameras where he saw Reggin committing the act.
Reggin was taken into custody and police said the stolen items were found at his home.
UPS has since released a statement on the 18-year-old’s arrest that read in part, “UPS is working with law enforcement, and the person in question is no longer employed by the company.”
Reggin’s uncle and sister were in court while he made his first appearance on Wednesday.
“At 18, you got a chance to work, and then you go and allegedly do something pretty stupid stealing the packages,” Judge Mindy Glazer said. “I don’t know if that’s the path in life you want to take, but I would think not. I would think you would want to stay out of trouble, get a good job and have a nice life. Good luck to you, sir.”
If convicted, Reggin could face up to five years in prison.
Reggin has since bonded out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He did not answer questions as he left the jail.