Kidnapped US Teen Rescued by Police Thanks to Snapchat

The teen had notified friends she had been kidnapped via the popular app.

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Kidnapped US Teen Rescued by Police Thanks to Snapchat

Snapchat app helped the victim in reporting the crime and aided authorities in rescuing her

Highlights
  • Snapchat helped determine the victim's location and alert authorities
  • One man was arrested from the hotel where the victim was being held
  • Two more men were nabbed on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy

A California teen who had been drugged and kidnapped was rescued by police this week after using Snapchat to alert her friends to her abduction. Police said the 14-year-old victim on Tuesday notified friends she had been kidnapped via the popular app and they were able to determine her location and alert authorities. One man was arrested as he left the motel in San Jose, in northern California, where the girl was being held and two other suspects were taken into custody on Wednesday, police said in a statement.

They said one of the suspects, Albert Vasquez, 55, met the victim shortly before her abduction and gave her drugs that left her incapacitated.

Vasquez then called the two other suspects who put the teen in their vehicle against her will, police said.

Vasquez allegedly raped the teen in the car before taking her to a motel where he sexually assaulted her again.

He has been charged with multiple felony counts including kidnapping to commit rape and rape by intoxication or controlled substance.

The two other suspects -- Antonio Salvador and Hediberto Avarenga -- were charged with kidnapping and conspiracy.

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