Police in Louisville, Kentucky, last week rescued a 6-year-old girl who had been taken off her bike and put in a vehicle in a kidnapping minutes before, officials and witnesses said.
Bodycam video police released Thursday shows the moment on July 2, when Officer Jason Burba approached the red sedan after the suspect was in custody, opened the passenger door and found the child.
The officer says “hello!” and reassure her before they pick her up and go to a police car. The child, who was not physically injured, is heard saying, “I want my father!”
“When I approached the vehicle, I did not know what would be behind the door. The windows, the color was so dark,”
Robby Wildt, 40, was arrested and charged with kidnapping. Online legal records do not show a lawyer who could speak on his behalf, and a phone number for his home could not be found immediately Thursday night.
Neighbors told WAVE that after a man pulled the child off the bike, they followed the car and wrote down three digits on the license plate, which they gave to police.
In an interview with the radio station WHSA, Sgt. Joe Keeling credited the witnesses for giving a good description of the vehicle and the part numbers.
Keeling told the station he was pulling down a street, saw the car and followed it as it pulled into a driveway. Keeling said he ordered the driver out with a gun, and the driver complied. He said it was about 9 minutes from the alleged abduction to find the car and the girl.
Burba, who is a father, said most of the officers who responded also have children.
“It’s like the world stops,” he said. “It’s like every second feels like hours.”