Police have hailed a bus driver, Tim Watson, ‘hero’ after his quick thinking helped rescue a kidnapped three-year-old boy and arrest the suspected kidnapper.
It was a normal day on the job for Watson when he noticed something that seemed a little “off.” A little boy had gotten on the bus with a young man and had started crying.
That is when Tim remembered an alert he had seen about a 3-year-old boy who had been reported missing from a San Francisco library. The boy was described as wearing a blue shirt with plaid shorts and red Crocs.
The father of two decided to trust his gut and did some quick thinking to determine if the boy was indeed the one who had been kidnapped. He stopped the bus and told the passengers that he was looking for a missing green backpack. He then started walking though the bus and, when he got to the child, was able to see that he was indeed wearing red Crocs like the boy in the description.
“That was good enough for me,” Tim said. He went back to the front of the bus and secretly alerted authorities who then met the bus at the station, “pried” the child from the suspect’s arms, and arrested the kidnapper identified as Alfonso Edington, 23.
When Tim learned that his instincts had been correct he broke down. “I feel I just did what any father would do,” he said. Thankfully Tim trusted his gut and the little boy was returned to his family unharmed.
The child was reunited with his emotional parents at Milpitas police headquarters.
Edington was arrested on a kidnapping charge, Milpitas Police told reporters, and he remained in custody on Sunday.
Watson’s boss, VTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez, said in an interview: ‘We are so proud of the entire team of law enforcement and transit employees for their professionalism and heroism that resulted in a young child being reunited with his family.