Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mom, daughter, abducted in Bucks Co.

The woman who made a 9-1-1 call yesterday was stricken with fear.

Mom, daughter, abducted in Bucks Co.

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The woman who made a 9-1-1 call yesterday was stricken with fear.
In a terrified voice, 38-year-old Bonnie Ann Sweeten told how she was grabbed by two men after a minor accident in Lower Southampton Township shortly before 2 p.m., shoved into the back of a Cadillac SUV and driven away.
She said that her 9-year-old daughter, Julia Rakoczy, who had been with her, remained in her vehicle, a GMC SUV. It was not at the scene when cops arrived.
An Amber alert was issued for the girl.
Lt. Frank Vanore, Philadelphia police spokesman, said that the woman told the 9-1-1 operator that she was driving her silver-colored 2005 GMC Denali SUV on Street Road near Southampton Road when it was rear-ended by the black Cadillac Escalade SUV.
She said that she got out of the vehicle and two men jumped out of the Cadillac, grabbed her and forced her into the rear of their vehicle.
“It seems like a very distressed call,” Vanore said. “You could tell she was scared.”
The woman gave her name and how to reach her husband, Richard Larry Sweeten, of Feasterville, but she said nothing about what her abductors might have said to her.
She described the men in the Cadillac only as being black.
Julia Rakoczy was described in the Amber alert as being 4-foot-1 with long brown hair, blue eyes and a dime-sized birthmark on her forehead.
Although the abduction occurred in Bucks County, Vanore said that the 9-1-1 call was traced to a tower that placed it near 12th and Walnut streets, in Center City.
The FBI joined the investigation later in the day.
“We’re treating this as an abduction,” said FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver, while acknowledging that there were “inconsistencies” in the woman’s account.
The Denali’s Pennsylvania license number is GYK8998.
Bonnie Sweeten is described as 5-foot-11, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Last evening, the Sweeten home on Saxon Drive near Bristol Road, Feasterville, was the mecca for well-wishers, many of them visibly upset and teary-eyed. There was no one in the house, and visitors stood outside.
Kate Carr, who said that she is Bonnie’s aunt, arrived with her teenage son.
“I’m still in shock,” she said through her tears. “But she’s a good mom. She loves her kids, and she is protecting Julia. I know she’s protecting her.”
Bonnie and her husband, known as Larry, also have an 8-month-old daughter, and Bonnie has another daughter, Paige, 15, by a previous relationship.
Also at the house was Ryan McFadden, 15, who works with Larry Sweeten in Sweeten’s landscaping business, which he operates from his home.
McFadden said that he and his mother heard about the abduction on the news and he came racing to the house.

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