“So I went to my car and I just honked the horn, and the car that stopped was a police officer, undercover, and I kept honking the horn and he jumped out with a gun and told the guy get out of the car,” Burks told KTVU.
The officer arrested Douglas at the marina and the child was safely delivered to her mother at the police station.
According to police, Douglas does not have a rap sheet for sexual offenses or serious crimes. He did, however, allegedly try to lure another child away from her mother at the very same Antioch Walmart the day before he kidnapped the 7-year-old child.
When Douglas reportedly made the earlier kidnapping attempt, there were no weapons used or police reports filed, but his license plate was taken down.
Meanwhile, Burks is ecstatic she was instrumental in helping to get a little girl away from her kidnapper. “I’m blessed to be able to help somebody else out. I’m thankful I was there, and I think everything happens for a reason,” said Burks, who has elementary school-aged nieces. “What if it was one of ours? And that made me say, ‘I got to get out, I got to go check this out,’” said Burks.
As far as the child, it is unknown if she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her abductor.