Update: The Amber Alert for Joanna Coates has been canceled after her and Robert Gonzalez were found in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
A 14-year-old girl from Rochester, New York that was allegedly kidnapped over the weekend and headed toward New York City has been found, according to police.
The Amber Alert issued Monday for 14-year-old Joanna Coates was canceled after she and her alleged captor, Robert Gonzalez, 41, were found in Brooklyn on Tuesday. New York State Police announced the cancellation in an afternoon tweet, noting that Coates was “recovered safely.”
A representative for the New York Police Department said the pair was discovered in Brooklyn, and that Gonzalez is currently in custody on a kidnapping charge, according to local New York City news outlet Pix 11. Coates, meanwhile, has been checked out of a local hospital.
The Amber Alert was issued Monday for Joanna Coates, who at that point was last seen in her home city at about 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to police.
“The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and or death," police noted.
Police said Gonzalez, was thought to be headed to New York City.
The girl’s mother, Linda Hollaert, told Spectrum News in Rochester, “I know that I carried a little girl under my heart for nine months and I don’t know where she is right now. I don’t know if my daughter has eaten, or if she is safe, or if someone is hurting her, but I know he is not entitled to keep her. You are a man. Go find a woman and leave my child alone.”
Rochester Police Department Capt. Michael Jones told the outlet that local police “are in communication with other departments down in the New York City area.”
[Photo Credit: New York State Police]
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