Some would say social media is just a fun way of passing time and connecting with friends and family.
But that’s not always the case. Sometimes we forget about the dangers of social media.
A 14-year-old girl from Northern California was kidnapped by three men and used Snapchat to alert her friends to her location.
According to CBS46 she was kidnapped and decided to use the popular Snapchat to share her location with her friends, who then quickly called the police. She met with Albert Thomas Vasquez, 33, in Capitola, California on January 14th. After they met, he gave her drugs leading to her becoming incapacitated.
When she regained consciousness in the hotel, she used Snapchat on her phone to tell her friends that she’s been kidnapped, but but didn’t know where she was, police said. Fortunately for her, her friends determined her location through the app and called 911.
Before calling 911, there were disturbing information about what allegedly happened. Her kidnapper, Vasquez apparently called the two men-34-year-old Antonio Quirico Salvador and 31-year-old Heriberto Gonzalex Avarenga-to move the girl into a waiting vehicle. Vasquez went on to sexually assault the girl in the vehicle, according to San Jose Police. They drove the girl to a motel in San Jose, took there to a room on the second floor while Vasquez sexually assaulted her again. At that moment she used Snapchat to alert her friends, who in turn, contacted the police.
When the police came, Vasquez was on his way out the motel room with girl still inside.
He was quickly arrested on charges of kidnapping to commit rape, digital penetration with a child under 14 with force, false imprisonment, lewd act with a child and rape by intoxication or controlled substance.
The two other men also were arrested the following day on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy.