On Saturday 8-year-old Salem Sabatka and her mother were walking through their Fort Worth, Texas neighborhood in broad daylight.
Police say a man allegedly approached the two in his car, jumped out, grabbed Salem and shoved her mother from the car after she jumped in after her daughter.
Authorities immediately issued an Amber alert, posting photos of Salem and the suspect’s Ford 500 to their social media page.
The hours-long search involved several law enforcement agencies.
But ultimately it was the social media post that led police to Salem and the suspect.
Two vigilant citizens saw the post and went looking for the suspect’s car, ultimately finding it in the parking lot of a hotel in a Fort Worth suburb.
Police searched the hotel and found Salem calm and unharmed.
She was taken to the hospital and then reunited with her family.
51-year-old Michael Webb was arrested and faces first-degree felony charges of aggravated kidnapping.
Police said he is not related to the girl and that his motive remains unclear.