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Police Source Says Dramatic Bronx Kidnapping Of Teen Was Staged

New York Police Department has located missing teen Karol Sanchez. The 16-year-old girl was walking in the Bronx with her mother Monday night when she was kidnapped and thrown into a car. Surveillance video shows Sanchez’s mother desperately fighting back trying to save her daughter. The video ends with the mother being thrown to the ground before getting up and chasing the car. On Tuesday afternoon, the teenager was found safe and returned to her family. However, sources talking with police now say the entire thing was staged.

New York Police Department has found missing teenager Karol Sanchez after she was abducted by four men. However, it is being reported that she knew one of the “kidnappers.”

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The teenager’s abduction shocked the Honduran community. The kidnappers had no fear of taking the child as she was walking with her mother. The grainy surveillance video has shocked the Bronx residents.

People are praising the police department in locating the missing girl.

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The rare victory is a departure from the usual result of girls of color being kidnapped in the Bronx.

At around 11:20 p.m. on Monday night, 16-year-old Karol Sanchez was abducted in the Bronx by four men. The teenager was walking with her mother when a car stopped on the road and two men rushed out of the car and forced her inside. Her mother frantically tried to stop the men from abducting her daughter but they managed to throw her out of the car and speed away with Karol Sanchez. Now, authorities are searching for the men responsible but some New Yorkers blame NYPD’s slow response for making the abduction worse.

Karol Sanchez was walking in the Bronx neighborhood in New York City when a group of men kidnapped her.

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The kidnapping occurred on Eagle Avenue near East 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx. According to The New York Times, the kidnapping has sent shockwaves through the Sanchez family and the tightknit Honduran community. While it is unclear who abducted the teen and why, her family and friends are desperate for her safe return.

Family friend Destiny David posted to Instagram asking for anyone with any information to help find Sanchez alive.

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“We all know each other,” David told The New York Times. “We don’t know why they took her. We just want her to be found soon.”

There has been a rash of abductions of girls of color in the Bronx that has sparked concern about trafficking in the neighborhood. Over the last two years, more than two dozen girls of color have gone missing in the Bronx stoking fears of forced prostitution.

Surveillance footage released by NYPD showed the terrifying moment that Sanchez was taken in front of her mother.

In the video, Sanchez’s mother is seen trying to stop the men from taking her daughter. At one point, Sanchez’s mother gets into the car to fight off the abductors. During the tussle, one man manages to get the mother out of the car and throws her to the ground before the car speeds away. The mother then chases after the car in a heartbreaking end to a horrifying video.

The brazen abduction in front of Sanchez’s mother is a scary reality for so many people.

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For years, we have been told not to walk alone late at night for fear of being abducted. It is something Latino parents have instilled in us to keep us safe. The video of two men forcing a teenager into their car while her mother fights them is challenging the sense of safety that people feel when they walk in pairs with friends.

The knowledge that kidnappers are no longer concerned with people being around it instilling fear in a community.

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The grainy video shows how quickly a family’s life can change. One minute, a mother and daughter are walking home together when a group of men decides to take a human being.

A lot of people are calling out NYPD’s decision to initiate an Amber Alert 12 hours after her abduction.

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New Yorkers were sent Amber Alerts about Sanchez’s abduction hours after it happened. It is a reality for communities of color to be ignored by law enforcement when people go missing or other crimes are committed.

Some people even called out the inconsistency in the Amber Alerts.

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The Amber Alert for Sanchez was lacking in any information other than the neighborhood in which the abduction occurred. The lack of information is being seen as a disregard for the safe return of Sanchez to her family.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Karol Sanchez, contact local law enforcement.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit to completely dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA). The lawsuit is the latest in a series of events weakening the controversial organization since the Parkland shooting.

The NRA is facing a lawsuit because of its financial misdealings.

New York Attorney General Letitia James started a domino effect of lawsuits involving the NRA AG James is suing the organization because of its financial misdeeds focusing on corruption and misspending. The allegations, AG James claims, undermine the organization’s ability to claim to be a nonprofit.

AG James’ lawsuit is bringing attention to NRA’s Wayne LaPierre’s use of funds.

AG James’ lawsuit is pointing out various tax violations and is currently a civil case. However, the New York AG is not stopping there. If criminal issues are discovered, AG James will follow through.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” she said during a press conference. “If we uncover any criminal activity, we will refer it to the Manhattan district attorney. At this point in time we’re moving forward, again, with civil enforcement.”

The NRA is denouncing the charges claiming they aren’t relevant.

AG James made investigating the NRA part of her campaign in 2018 and referred to the organization as a terrorist organization.

“The foreclosure crisis is not behind us, students debt is a major issue, health care is a challenge since they repealed the individual mandate, people are having a difficult time with premiums that have increased and are often times deciding to go without medicine because of the costs, resulting in premature death and gun violence,” AG James told Ebony Magazine during her campaign. “The NRA holds [itself] out as a charitable organization, but in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization.”

Shortly after AG James filed her lawsuit, Washington’s attorney general followed suit.

AG Karl Racine is going after the NRA for misusing charitable funds. Essentially, the NRA is being accused in Washington of taking money meant for educational programs and spent them on themselves. The Washington lawsuit and New York lawsuit are honing in on the NRA’s years of fraudulent use of funds. It comes at a time when the NRA is already fighting for its life after the teenagers of Parkland launched a successful campaign in slowing and reversing the organization’s growth in the political sphere.

READ: Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

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Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

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Update: Naya Rivera’s body has been found in Lake Piru after she went missing last week. Rivera’s disappearance has sent shockwaves of grief throughout the entertainment community as days passed and authorities combed the lake.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Naya Rivera’s body has been pulled from Lake Piru.

Naya Rivera was last seen July 8 when she rented a boat for an outing with her young son. Later that day, men on another boat found the rented boat with her son asleep by himself on the boat. The search for Rivera was frantic as family, friends, and fans publicly grieved the sudden disappearance.

Last week, the sheriff’s department told the public that it was unlikely Rivera’s body would resurface because of debris.

At a press conference, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said that the debris of trees and plants under the water could cause the body to be entangled under the surface. Coupled with the poor visibility underwater, Office Sgt. Donoghue was not optimistic about the department’s chances of finding the body.

“We’re putting our best foot forward to try and locate her. We’re using all the assets that are available to us. We’re using technology like sonar,” he said at the press conference. “We have experts who have dove this lake who know it inside and out, where debris pockets might be, we’re relying on their expertise to help us in that endeavor. We’re going to do everything we can to find her.”

Original: “Glee” star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing in southern California. The actress was on a boat in Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son when she went missing July 8 in Ventura County.

Authorities are searching for Naya Rivera after going missing.

Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her young son was found alone in a boat in Lake Piru. The lake is in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Rivera’s son was found asleep on the boat three hours after Rivera rented the boat for the mother-son outing. According to officials, the son said that he and Rivera went for a swim and that she didn’t get back on the boat. CNN reports that the child was wearing a life vest while an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The search was paused overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and resumed as a recovery mission.

Fans do not think that Ventura County Sheriff’s are doing enough in the search for the actress. Emotions are high as fans share their grief and shock at Rivera’s sudden disappearance. According to Deputy Chris Dyer, the water where the boat was found is about 40 feet deep and that wind is a big factor in that part of the lake.

Authorities have classified the search as a recovery in a signal that they believe Rivera to be dead.

A recovery mission means that authorities are looking to recover a body from the lake. The news has devastated Rivera’s friends and family who want her brought home safe. Her son is reportedly doing well and is with relatives as authorities search for his mother in the lake.

Celebrities are sending messages hoping for Rivera to be alive.

Rivera wrote a memoir titled “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which gives an intimate look into her life during and after “Glee.” The actress was open and honest in her memoir bringing up some of the darkest and toughest times she endured and how it shaped her in the years that followed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rivera’s loved ones.

This story is developing. mitú will report updates as they become available.

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