Amber Alert Issued After New York Teenager Kidnapped in Front of Her Mother in Incident Caught on Video

An Amber Alert and investigation has been launched into the alleged kidnapping of a teenage girl who was snatched off the streets by a group of men while she was walking with her mother in the Bronx area of New York.

According to the New York Police Department, 16-year-old Karol Sanchez was taken by at least four suspects in the vicinity of East 156 Street and Eagle Avenue at around 11:20 p.m. on December 16.

Sanchez and her 36-year-old mother were approached by a beige-colored four-door sedan which stopped next to them in front of 745 Eagle Avenue.

Police said two unknown male suspects then got out of the car and grabbed the teenager, forcing her into the vehicle while pushing the mother to the ground.

The sedan, which had two other male suspects inside, then drove eastbound onto East 156 Street from southbound Eagle Avenue.

The mother was not injured and refused medical treatment from emergency services.

An Amber Alert has been issued for the new York area.

"The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death," the alert says.

The incident was captured on surveillance footage and released by NYPD Crime Stoppers as part of an appeal for information.

The agency is also offering a reward of up to $2,500 for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

"Seen this car? Know who They are? Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us," NYPD Crime Stoppers wrote while tweeting out the video.

A photograph of the 16-year-old girl has also been released by detectives investigating the alleged kidnapping.

"Take a look have you seen Karol Sanchez she's 16 years old and was kidnapped on December 16, 2019 in the Melrose section in the Bronx," Crime Stoppers tweeted.

🚨WANTED🚨for a KIDNAPPING in the vicinity of East 156 Street and Eagle Avenue #Southbronx #bronx @NYPD40pct on 12/16/19@ 11:20PM 💰Reward up to $2500👓Seen this car? Know who They are?☎️Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us!📞Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #YourCityYourCall

— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) December 17, 2019

Sanchez is described as approximately 5 foot 5 inches tall, weighing around 150 pounds, with short black hair, brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark blue short jacket, white sweater, blue jeans and black sneakers.

The four suspects are described as adult males in their 20's, with dark complexions and all wearing dark clothing.

It is unclear if police have established any possible motive for the alleged kidnapping.

"The investigation is active and ongoing," NYPD spokeswoman Sergeant Jessica McRorie told Newsweek.

Anyone with information in regards to the identities of these males, or information on the incident itself, is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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NYPD are looking for 16-year-old Karol Sanchez after she was allegedly kidnapped in the Bronx. NYPD