KEY POINTS

  • 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia was abducted late Wednesday shortly after coming off her school bus
  • Alleged suspect Miguel Rodriguez forced Moccia inside a dark blue Honda Civic
  • Moccia was rescued late Wednesday after police issued an Amber Alert and posted photos of the vehicle and the victim
  • Rodriguez was also arrested during the rescue

Charlotte Moccia, the 11-year-old girl who was abducted while getting off her school bus, was rescued by authorities late Wednesday.

The rescue came after police initiated an Amber Alert following the search for Moccia. Suspected kidnapper, Miguel Rodriguez, 24, was also arrested, said NBC New York, citing a statement from the Massachusetts State Police.

Police added Rodriguez allegedly forced Moccia inside a dark blue Honda roughly around 1:30 p.m. “not long after she got off from her school bus.”

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Maggie Kenney, who witnessed the abduction, confirmed police statement and told WCVB that Rodriguez grabbed Moccia “and threw her in the back seat.”

“She was walking through her house. The stranger grabbed her and took her into his car, a small blue Honda Civic. She was screaming, got in – definitely unwillingly – and they left the area,” Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood told NBC New York.

Rodriguez's arrest warrant claimed that he used a knife and threatened Moccia to killer her if she “screamed or tried to escape.”

Following the Amber Alert, authorities began to release the photos of the car and Moccia. At around 7:15 p.m, they began to receive tips and 911 calls from motorists who claimed to have spotted the vehicle on the Massachusetts turnpike.

Police scrambled to the area where they used a road construction site near the turnpike to slow down traffic, said ABC News.

Moccia was found in the backseat, while Rodriguez was confirmed as the driver of the vehicle.

A knife was also discovered in the pocked of the door, said ABC News, citing police statement.

One officer ushered Moccia out of the vehicle while Rodriguez was removed by two officers at gunpoint.

Moccia was transported to a hospital to be evaluated, but Clapprood said her condition was “fair to good.”