Quick-thinking Massachusetts police used a highway construction site to stop the vehicle of a suspected kidnapper and rescue an 11-year-old girl.
Charlotte Moccia, of Springfield, was rescued Wednesday night after she was apparently abducted after getting off the school bus earlier that afternoon. She was unharmed.
The girl was forced into a dark blue Honda around 1:26 p.m., allegedly by Miguel Rodriguez, “not long after she got off her school bus,” according to Massachusetts State Police.
Maggie Kenney, a neighbor, witnessed the ordeal.
“He just grabbed her and threw her in the back seat,” Kenney told Boston ABC affiliate WCVB. “He was screaming. She was saying, ‘Stop, put me down, stop, put me down.'”
Rodriguez allegedly used a knife and threatened to kill her if she screamed or tried to escape, according to his arrest warrant.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert and released photos of Charlotte and the car they said was used in the abduction. Around 7:15 p.m., state police began receiving 911 calls from motorists on the Massachusetts Turnpike who’d spotted the car near Brimfield, about 30 minutes from Springfield.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Mark Osborne, Marc Nathanson, and Christina Carrega