AMBER Alert: Child Abducted, Likely Traveling Through Hudson Valley
Police believe a child's life is in danger after she was abducted by an older man and is either in or traveling through the Hudson Valley.
On Monday around 10 p.m., the Rochester City Police Department activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred on LaSalle Street in Rochester around 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The child, Joanna Coates, 14, is described as being a white girl with brown hair and green eyes. She's about 5'4" and weighs around 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing Timberland boots, a blue Nike shirt and black leggings, police say.
The suspect is 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez. Police describe him as a Hispanic man with black hair and brown eyes who is about 6'0" and 185 pounds.
"THE CHILD WAS TAKEN UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LEAD POLICE TO BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE IN IMMINENT DANGER OF SERIOUS HARM AND OR DEATH," the New York State AMBER Alert states in all caps.
Gonzalez was last seen traveling southeast from Rochester and authorities believe he's passing through the Hudson Valley with Coates on his way to New York City.
Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Rochester City Police Department at (866)NYS-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.
Update: On Tuesday around 1 p.m., New York State police said the AMBER alert was canceled.
Both were found in Brooklyn by New York City Police Department and the FBI. Joanna wasn't harmed, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Gonzalez had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and will likely face kidnappings charges, police say.
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