Miami-Dade Police cancelled a statewide Amber Alert early Monday evening after a 5-year-old girl, believed to have been abducted, was found safe.
Police say the entire ordeal was a complete misunderstanding
On Monday a statewide Amber Alert was issued for a girl described as a white Hispanic, with long brown hair, brown eyes and possibly wearing pink clothing.
According to WPTV, the alert continued on to say that the child may be in the company of Hernan E. Novellino, 44, according to authorities. Police say they were last seen traveling east on Bird Road at the corner of Bird Road and 57th Avenue in Miami.
CBS Miami reported late Monday evening that a family from Venezuela rented a car and was running errands around town when their daughter wanted a bottle of water.
The water was apparently in the trunk, and the girl went through the backseat to access the trunk but could not reach the water.
It was at a stoplight at the intersection of Bird Road and 57th Avenue, her father popped the trunk to get the water, and a motorist behind the car thought they saw the girl in the trunk.
It was at this point that the motorist called police and the statewide Amber Alert was issued according to CBS Miami.
Police shortly after caught up with the family in the parking lot of a Costco warehouse store, and where reportedly confused when questioned by police about the possible abduction.
“We approached them,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Roy Rutland. “Of course, they had no idea what was going on.”
“What the father explained is exactly what our witness told us,” said Rutland. “This caller was right on the money. And what she saw is exactly what occurred. This was a great exercise for law enforcement.”
After all of this, the good news was that the girl was okay, and so the Amber Alert was cancelled. One big misunderstanding is defiantly one way to describe the whole ordeal.
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