A California bus driver is being hailed as a hero for recognizing a kidnapped child and helping police catch his alleged abductor, reports CBS
The Police Department said the three-year-old boy was at the library with his mother when he was kidnapped. The boy was seen being led away by a man in his 20s who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and appeared to be homeless.
Police sent out an alert and began a search.
Soon after, they received word from bus driver Tim Watson, who believed the suspect and the boy were on his bus. Watson realized the boy and the man he was with matched the descriptions from the police alert and devised a plan to get a closer look.
He said he stopped the bus, announced that he was looking for a missing green backpack and casually glanced at the boy, confirming he was wearing red shoes and plaid shorts.
Police officers were waiting when the bus arrived. Police Chief Steve Pangelinan, said:
“The bus driver is a hero. An absolute hero. And I credit the Valley Transit Authority for receiving information from us and quickly disseminating that to their drivers in the field.”
The child was reunited with his parents and the alleged kidnapper, a 23-year-old Alfonso David Edington, was arrested.