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Video shows an apparent abduction, but sources say the Bronx teen — now home — was not kidnapped

Posted: 6:26 AM, Dec 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-17 19:07:02-05
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MELROSE, the Bronx — Police mobilized across the city to find a Bronx teen after a group of men pulled her into a vehicle, but sources close to the investigation revealed Tuesday evening that the teen was not actually abducted.

Sources said the whole thing started with a family dispute. The teen's mother apparently wanted to send the girl back to her native country of Honduras.

The 16-year-old girl was out with her mother on Eagle Avenue, near East 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx, on Monday night around 11:20 p.m., police said. They were approached by a beige-colored four-door sedan that then stopped next to them. Two unidentified men got out of the car, grabbed the teen girl and dragged her inside the vehicle.

The men pushed the girl's mother to the ground before getting in the car, along with two other identified men, and driving off, heading eastbound on East 156th Street, police said.

She was apparently dropped off at a nearby park, sources said. The teen walked up to police near a relative's building on Tuesday afternoon. Police questioned her Tuesday night.

Surveillance video captured the entire thing. An Amber Alert was issued.

PIX11 was there when the teen reunited with her mother on Tuesday afternoon.

Police are still looking for the men captured on video in the incident.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com , downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).