Mother of missing teen: 14-year-old found safe in NYC; suspect arrested

December 04, 2018 08:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Rochester Police have canceled the Amber Alert for 14-year-old Joanna Coates.

Linda Hollaert tells News10NBC that her daughter and Robert Gonzalez, 41, were found in New York City. She says Gonzalez has been arrested and her daughter is being taken to the hospital for evaluation.


The Amber Alert was canceled just before 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.


An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl who was abducted by a convicted felon in Rochester.

Rochester Police believe Joanna Coates was taken by her neighbor, 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez, on LaSalle Street around 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. He was last seen traveling southeast, possibly heading to New York City.

Authorities say Coates was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe she is in imminent danger of serious harm or death.

Coates is about 5'4" and weighs about 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue Nike shirt, black leggings, and Timberland boots She has blue eyes and her hair color when she was last seen was purple.

Gonzalez has black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6' and weighs about 185 pounds.

According to state records, Gonzalez served nearly 4 years behind bars after being convicted in 1997 of criminal possession of a weapon at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, Kings County. In 2003, he was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and served 4 years at Chateaugay Correctional Facility, Franklin County. In 2008, Gonzalez was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was released from the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion in 2011.

Coates' mother tells News10NBC, she believes her daughter was taken right outside of their house on LaSalle Street by Gonzalez. Linda Hollaert says the suspect started befriending her daughter over the summer and would constantly try to hang out with the teen.

"He's a junkie, he sells drugs, he pimps girls out," Hollaert says. "I don't want my daughter to be one of those people. I am asking anybody, everybody, I don't care where she is, just bring her home safely to me. I love you, we love you. If you're watching this Joanna, please come home."

Anyone with any information is asked to call 911.


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