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FOUND: AMBER Alert cancelled for abducted Rochester child, mother

By Hailie HigginsGio Battaglia,



ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — 4-year-old Michael Williams III and his mother Jessica Sanchez-Reyes have been found, officers with the Rochester Police Department said at 4 p.m. Saturday. They are safe, officers said.

A briefing with further details will take place at 5 p.m. It will be livestreamed on this page.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Police are seeking public assistance in locating a Rochester child and mother who were abducted overnight into Saturday morning. They are believed to be in danger, according to the Rochester Police Department.

RPD says that at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, they responded to the 400 block of Lake Avenue for a SpotShotter activation, as well as 911 calls reporting a man being chased.

Once officers arrived on scene, they located evidence of shots fired, and a victim who said he’d been shot on nearby Fulton Street. The victim then fled the scene, when he was located by officers.

When the officers and victim returned to the residence, RPD said they found 4-year-old Michael Williams III and his mother, 23-year-old Jessica M. Sanchez-Reyes missing from the location.

Williams is a Black male, approximately 4 years and 10 months old with brown hair and brown eyes, according to police. He stands at 3 feet and 3 inches, and weighs about 80 pounds.

Williams was last seen wearing Paw Patrol t-shirt, gray, and black pajama pants.

He was last seen with his mother, Jessica M. Sanchez-Reyes who was also abducted. She was last seen wearing a white nightgown. She has a tattoo of an elephant on her right wrist.

A further investigation attempting to locate Williams and Sanchez-Reyes led to a house on Kenwood Avenue in the southwest portion of the city. The RPD’s SWAT was activated and a search warrant was executed at the residence.

The child and his mother were not located, officers said.

According to the AMBER Alert, the two were taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in “imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 911, RPD at (585) 428-6666, 866 NYS-AMBER or call 911.

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