It was every parent’s worst nightmare.
Karol Sanchez, 16, was walking down the street with her mother down a Bronx street when the unthinkable happened; a group of men pulled alongside them, grabbed Karol and threw her into the car – in front of her mother. The moment was even partially captured on video.
The kidnapping sparked an Amber Alert and social media lit up with news of the young girl’s abduction. Tweets were shared, Facebook posts circulated, and authorities were searching for Karol. The men, two of which grabbed Karol, even pushed her mother down while grabbing her. There were two other men inside of the car, waiting. The mother, 36, was left at the scene and was not injured.
After 12 hours, Karol returned to a relative’s Bronx apartment, unharmed.
She met with police and was taken to the precinct so that the story could be ascertained. Who were the men that kidnapped her? Where did they take her? Has she been harmed?
It was while she was with police that Karol told the truth. The whole thing had been staged. From CBS:
“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.”
WATCH: Moment Karol Sanchez was reunited with her family after being kidnapped in the Bronx— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) December 17, 2019
While no charges have been brought against her as of yet, the story is still developing. Police are looking for her 4 accomplices that were apparently in on the gag as well.
Sound familiar? While not a celebrity herself (though she might become one now), this case bears familiarity to Jussie Smollett’s infamous Chicago case. We now know that Jussie staged that attempted assault and is still on the hook with the city of Chicago for a huge bill related to the lies that he told.
How unhappy was Karol that she felt it was necessary to stage her own kidnapping? From the NYDN:
“Karol’s mom recently made plans to move back to her native Honduras with Karol, who doesn’t want to go, sources said. Cops were investigating if that conflict could somehow have anything to do with the bizarre kidnapping.”
Teenage angst means a bit more in 2019, especially when your mother wants to possibly take you from the country that you’ve known all of your life. That being said, Karol is probably going to learn a lesson about real life – and that lesson is it isn’t like the movies.