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Dramatic video released by authorities in Kentucky shows the moment that a police officer rescued a 6-year-old girl who had been kidnapped while riding her bike in Louisville last week.
Robby Wildt, 40, was driving near Valley Station Road in Louisville when he allegedly took the 6-year-old girl who was riding a bike, according to an arrest citation viewed by local station WDRB. Witnesses said that they watched the abduction take place and called the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, who told the station that the swift action by the neighbors, who passed on part of the vehicle’s license plate number, helped lead to a quick rescue.
"You just can't get there fast enough," said Officer Jason Burba, who was at the scene. "Seconds feel like hours. Your only thought is getting there as fast as you can."
Within about 30 minutes, police located the car after vehicles from all LMPD were dispatched to locate the kidnapped girl.
In the police body camera video, one officer is seen approaching a home with a vehicle parked in a driveway, which WDRP reported was about a half-mile away from where the abduction took place. The arresting officer is heard saying, “Keep walking back, get on your knees,” as Wildt slowly backs up with his hands in the air. Another unidentified individual is seen kneeling on the sidewalk in front of an officer.
Separate body camera video from another officer shows the moment that he arrived at the scene and approached a vehicle, demanding that the passenger side door be opened. When he approaches the vehicle and opens the door, the audibly upset child is seen turning towards him. As she sobs, Keeling lifts her out of the car and takes her to safety. WDRP reported that she was uninjured.
"It's extremely rare for us to see a stranger kidnapping," LMPD Sgt. Joe Keeling said of the incident. "She's a 6-year-old girl that obviously couldn't help herself. She was absolutely terrified.
The arrest citation states that Wildt told police he “felt bad for doing what he had done," and was going to return to the location of the abduction, according to WDRP.
It is unclear if Wildt has an attorney representing him and who could speak on his behalf at this time.
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