A California bus driver is being hailed a hero after helping to rescue a three -year-old kidnapped boy and arrest the abductor.
Tim Watson had seen a police alert during his shift on Friday morning, which read that a boy had gone missing from a public library in Milpitas, California. The child was carried out of the library by a homeless man in his twenties, the note stated.
Shortly afterward, Watson, a father-of-two, saw a man and a weeping boy who matched the child’s description on his bus and devised a plan to check the facts and lead them to the police. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. California bus driver Tim Watson stopped a kidnapping in progress on his bus after identifying a three-year-old boy and his abductor from a police press release.
2. Police seized the suspect, identified as Alfonso Edington, 23, and “pried the child away” from him after he arrived at the Fremont BART station in northern California.
Watson told his passengers that someone had left a backpack on the bus and added that he needed to pull over and do a search.
When he approached the man and the boy, the driver noticed that the child’s shoes were red, which matched the police description. He told ABC News:
The boy was crying. I saw his teary eye. I started asking passengers about a missing green backpack. What I’m trying to do is get to the perpetrator.
Having completed the fake search, Watson stepped out of the bus and called the police to tell them that he thought the kidnapped child and his abductor were on his bus.
3. Officers waited at the next bus stop in Milpitas, California, after they were contacted by the bus driver on Friday.
4. Police said Watson was “definitely a hero” and thanked the father-of-two for his valiant efforts.
The operator told him to drive the bus as he would normally do to the next stop and when the bus arrived there, police officers were waiting.
The officers found the suspect, identified as Alfonso Edington, 23, leaving the bus with the young boy in his arms. Watson said:
So I open my door slowly, giving them time to get prepped and ready to go. I open up door two, the gentleman walks out calm, cool, collected as can be and they take him down on the spot.
One of the officers “pried the child away” from the abductor who was detained and taken into custody.
5. In order to get a closer look at the child on his bus, Watson announced that a passenger had left a bag on the vehicle before pulling over so that he could carry out a fake search.
When police gave Watson more details of the abduction, the driver said he “just lost it” and added:
I became very emotional. This could have been my child that was abducted. What if I didn’t read that message until I got to Fremont BART?
Robert Vega, Communications Supervisor with the Milpitas Police, praised Watson for being “definitely a hero” and thanked him for his efforts. But Watson said he simply followed his paternal instincts and added:
I feel I did what any father would do.
The boy was then reunited with his parents at the Milpitas police headquarters and Edington was arrested on a kidnapping charge.
6. A bus driver stopped a kidnapping in progress on his bus — an ABC News report.
Source: ABC News.
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