Abducted Girl Found, Car Had ‘HASHEM1’ License Plates


car-scenePolice have found 1 1/2-year-old Naomi Hilel, who was in a minivan that was stolen this morning at a Virginia Beach 7-Eleven. They said she was found in good condition walking around a hotel parking lot unattended in Newport News. Her parents reunited with her this afternoon. Virginia Beach police are still looking for Matthew R. Nash, 24, a white male who is 5 feet 11, as a “person of interest.” His photo was posted on the state’s Amber Alert Web site at www.vaamberalert.com.

He has dark, shoulder-length hair and was wearing a ball cap, plaid shirt, dark-colored shorts and dark tennis shoes, police said.

The general manager of the Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News described the reuion of the girl with her parents at the hotel as emotional.

“When they entered the lobby of the hotel, they were almost running,” Diane DeWitt said of the parents. “And they just kept saying, ‘Where is she, where is she?’ So we took them back to their daughter and they, I mean, I’ll just never forget. It was a sight that a was a lot of joy and the mom was just crying over and over and her father was just grinning from ear to ear. So I’m sure this is a day that they won’t forget for a long time.”

The girl was spotted this morning shortly before 10 a.m. by two women who were in a car and getting ready to check out of the hotel, according to DeWitt and police. One of the women got out of the car to try to find out where her parents were.

“One of the guests got out of the vehicle and held her hand and walked her down the sidewalk all the way to the front of the hotel,” DeWitt said. “They brought her to the front desk and they told us that they had found her and that they didn’t know where her parents were.”

The hotel staff tried to determine whether she was the child of some guests, DeWitt said.

When they couldn’t find the girl’s parents, they called 911, DeWitt said.

“She had no idea what was going on,” DeWitt said. “She as very subdued, she was very quiet. Once we got her to warm up to us a little bit, she wanted to play. You know, we gave her some crackers, some juice and gave her a little puppy teddy bear.”

“It was probably less than 15 minutes,” DeWitt said. “The police were here in about five minutes. At that time, we looked at surveillance cameras and everything started to fall into place.”

The police department in Camillus, N.Y., posted a picture of Nash on its Web site in January, saying he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for harassment. A police department spokesman there did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

At 9:48 this morning, a man pushed a woman away from her minivan at a gas pump, then took off in the vehicle with Naomi still in her car seat, police said. The mother fought the man and tried to hang onto the car, family and police said. She was treated by paramedics.

At 10:30, a couple checking out of the Point Plaza Hotel, at 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News, found Naomi in the parking lot uninjured, said Newport News police spokeswoman Holly McPherson. They brought her back into the lobby and called police.

The van, a dark gray Honda Odyssey, has Florida license plates with the number HASHEM1, Long said. Anyone who spots the van is asked to call 911.

Naor Hilel, the child’s father, said, “I don’t know who’d want to do this kind of thing to people.”

He said he was at home when the carjacking happened. His family is in Hampton Roads from Florida visiting family for the summer. He said HASHEM1, the van’s license plate, means “God is one.”

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  1. Wow, Baruch HaShem the girl is fine.
    Amazing we live in Las Vegas, and have a grey Honda Odyssey also with a license plate “HASHEM1”.
    We thought we invented it, and we’re very proud to drive it to spread the knowledge of HaShem.