As reported by RochesterFirst.com, an Amber Alert was issued Monday for Joanna Coates, who was last spotted on LaSalle Street in Rochester at about 7 p.m. on Saturday. Authorities allege that 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez abducted her.
Joanna is described as a white female who stands 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. She has green eyes and brown hair. The teen was last seen wearing black leggings with a Nike shirt, and Timberland boots.
Gonzalez is described as a Hispanic male who stands 6-feet and weighs about 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
AMBER ALERT: Rochester City Police are looking for a 14-year-old girl, Joanna Coats, last seen around 7 p.m. on LaSalle Street. She's believed to be with 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez. pic.twitter.com/UIDJZ0BRLD
— Spectrum News ROC (@SPECNewsROC) December 4, 2018
Police believe Gonzalez may be traveling to New York City with the girl.
Joanna’s mother, Linda Hollaert, expressed fear to Spectrum News, and is asking for her daughter’s release.
“I know that I carried a little girl under my heart for nine months and I don’t know where she is right now,” she stated. “I don’t know if my daughter has eaten, or if she is safe, or if someone is hurting her, but I know he is not entitled to keep her. You are a man. Go find a woman and leave my child alone.”
Rochester Police Department Capt. Michael Jones told the news station that authorities “are in communication with other departments down in the New York City area.”
Anyone with information regarding the teen or suspected kidnapper is urged to call 911, or the Rochester City Police Department at (866) NYS-AMBER.