Widespread relief that a 16-year-old girl was found safe after her apparent abduction on a Bronx sidewalk Monday night was instantly followed by questions over her disappearance. There are now multiple reports from police sources who say the teen played a role in staging her "kidnapping."

Early Tuesday morning, the NYPD released information about a kidnapping that occurred on the night of December 16th, with frightening details and video footage: Karol Sanchez had been walking along Eagle Avenue in the Melrose section of the Bronx in the company of her mother when, according to the NYPD's initial alert, "they were approached by a beige-colored four-door sedan which stopped in front of 745 Eagle Avenue." Two men then grabbed Karol, pushing her mother to the ground, and dragging the girl into the car, which had two other men inside.

Karol's mother tried to fight off the strangers. "I heard screeching of tires," witness Damon Doughty told the Daily News. "I went to the window and when I got there there were three people in a car and the guy in the backseat was kicking the mom out of the backseat. Then they grabbed the daughter back into the car because it looked like she tried to get away. Then the car sped off. She (the victim’s mother) ran and she was screaming. She was just screaming and yelling."

An Amber Alert was issued for Karol later Tuesday morning, and posters about her disappearance appeared in Melrose. Then, around 2:30 p.m., Karol reappeared. A witness, Tommy Feliciano, told WCBS 2 that he and other people saw her approach a police cruiser while looking at a missing poster, "We was at the pole over there, looking at her picture, and we walked up the block, she was crossing the street to the cop car, and I was like ‘Yo, that’s her right there.'"

Zani Koxha said Karol looked "shaken up. She was bending over, grabbing her knees, and discussing with the police. And that’s when they took her into the parking garage for questioning."

Local news stations shared Karol's reappearance:

Karol allegedly "admitted she staged the whole thing with four accomplices in an attempt to run away from her family," according to WCBS 2's police sources. Apparently Karol's mother had wanted to take the family, who lives in Dutchess County, back to the Honduras, which Karol had been against.

The Amber Alert reportedly made the teen and her accomplices rethink their plan. "Once they realized what they did, with the Amber Alert on their phones, it was like, ‘Oh, s--t, we got a problem,'" a source explained to the News.

The Post reports, "Sanchez is not expected to face charges, but late Tuesday cops were still looking to question the four men who were in the car"—one of whom was Karol's boyfriend.

Police say that the investigation is ongoing. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who felt the Amber Alert was issued too long after the apparent kidnapping was reported, tweeted, "Please know that accountability and compassion are not mutually exclusive. #KarolSanchez is a 16 year old child who clearly needs our collective attention. #ittakesavillage." Williams's tweet also called attention to the plight of black girls and women going missing without proportionate attention from authorities and the media.