David Douglas is facing a slew of charges, including kidnapping for reportedly following a mother and daughter home from a shopping trip and snatching the 7-year-old girl from in front of her residence, according KTVU 2.
Thankfully, the child’s abductor was spotted by good Samaritan LaShay Burks, who is being credited for helping police in Antioch, Ill., capture the alleged kidnapper and making it possible for the little girl to return to her mother’s waiting arms.
The harrowing event occurred on Friday evening when the unidentified mother and young daughter went to a local Walmart to do some shopping. When the pair arrived home, Douglas allegedly confronted them on the street, grabbed the child and threatened to shoot the mom with a rifle.
Douglas was able to get away with the child. An Amber Alert was immediately issued, describing Douglas and the gold-colored Toyota Camry he had been driving. Meanwhile, Burks and her sister had been sitting in their vehicle at the Antioch Marina when they observed a vehicle parked next to theirs and noticed a man inside behaving in an odd fashion.
“We had been sitting next to that car for about twenty minutes,” said Burks. “I just knew there was a body laying down, and I kept telling my sister, ‘There’s someone in that car.’”
Coincidentally, Burks then received a call from another sister alerting her to a local kidnapping, the car’s description and how the suspect was armed and dangerous. Despite her sister’s warning, Burks felt compelled to investigate the car. “I got out, and I walked around the car but my sister said, ‘Be careful, he has a gun.’ So I was gonna knock on the window, but instead I saw another car pull up,” said Burks.
The car pulling up beside her was an unmarked police cruiser and Burks seized the opportunity to try to alert the driver.