Authorities say a 6-year-old Kentucky girl who was taken off her bike by a stranger was quickly found, returned to her family, and a suspect has been charged with kidnapping
LOUISVILLE, Ky. A 6-year-old girl from Kentucky who was taken off her bike by a stranger was quickly found, returned to her family and a suspect was charged with kidnapping thanks to the swift actions of neighbors and police, authorities said.
Those who witnessed the girl being taken from her Louisville neighborhood on July 2 quickly called 91
She said officers responded immediately and saturated the area.
“You just can not get there fast enough,” said Officer Jason Burba, who was among those who responded. “Seconds feel like hours. Your only thought is to get there as fast as you can. ”
Police found a car that matched the description within 30 minutes and arrested Robby Wildt, 40, who was charged with kidnapping a minor. He has pleaded guilty.
Neighbor Prentiss Weatherford, who witnessed the child being taken, told WHAS-TV that he saw a car come around a corner and park in the middle of the street. He said a man went out and grabbed the girl “by the collar, threw the bike, put her in the passenger seat and then took off.”
Weatherford said he was chasing the vehicle and was able to get a partial number on the license plate.
When officers found the vehicle, body camera video shows Burba opening the passenger’s side door to find the crying girl, while Sgt. Joe Keeling puts Wildt in custody.
“I want my father!” cries the little girl while Burba carries her from the car.
Alien abductions are rare, police said.
“While we do not want society to be disturbed, this is certainly an educational opportunity for parents to remind their children that ‘foreign danger’ is real. It is important to talk to your children about any adult trying to use a lice to lure them to their vehicles or away from the public, ”Ruoff said.