Video shows moment Kentucky police save 6-year-old girl after kidnapping
Last week, police in Louisville, Ky. Rescued a 6-year-old girl who had been removed from her bicycle and put in a vehicle in a kidnapping minutes earlier, officials and witnesses said.
Police Bodycam video released Thursday shows the July 2 moment when Constable Jason Burba approached the red sedan after the suspect was in custody, opening the passenger door and finding the child.
The officer says “hello!” and reassures her before picking her up and walking to a police vehicle. The child, who was not physically injured, is heard saying, “I want my daddy!
“When I approached the vehicle, I had no idea what was going to be behind that door. The windows, the tint was so dark,” Burba said. Louisville NBC WAVE Affiliate.
Robby Wildt, 40, was arrested and charged with kidnapping. Court records online do not show a lawyer who could speak on his behalf, and a phone number for his home could not be found immediately Thursday evening.
Neighbors says WAVE that after a man pulled the child from the bicycle, they followed the car and wrote down three numbers from the license plate, which they handed over to the police.
In an interview with WHSA radio station, Staff Sgt. Joe Keeling credited witnesses with providing a good description of the vehicle and partial plate numbers.
Keeling told the station he walked down a street, saw the car and followed it as it pulled into an alley. Keeling said he ordered the driver to exit at gunpoint and the driver complied. He said about 9 minutes passed between the alleged kidnapping and the search for the car and the girl.
Burba, who is a father, said most of the police officers who responded also had children.
“It’s like the world is stopping,” he said. “It’s like every second feels like hours.”