Bus Driver Saves Boy Kidnapped From Milpitas Library : Police
Bus Driver Saves Boy Kidnapped From Milpitas Library : Police

Bus Driver Saves Boy Kidnapped From Milpitas Library, Police

A man who kidnapped a 3-year-old boy from the Milpitas Public Library on Friday was arrested an hour later after an alert bus driver spotted the two on his bus, ending a terrifying ordeal, police said.

The boy was with his mother in the children’s section of a public library in Milpitas, California, a San Francisco suburb, at about 10:45 a.m. local time when a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt reportedly kidnapped him, Milpitas Police Chief Steve Pangelinan said during a news conference aired on a local NBC affiliate.

The reported abduction set off an alert describing the boy and suspect to area law enforcement and public transportation agencies, Pangelinan said.

About an hour after the reported abduction, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus driver Tim Watson saw a man and child he thought may fit the description authorities provided, Watson told reporters.

Watson created a ploy to stop the bus in Fremont, about 12 miles north from the library, at a bus station and walk the aisle under the guise of looking for a lost backpack, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Watson saw the boy was wearing red shoes, fitting the description, and notified his dispatcher, the newspaper reported.

“The bus driver is a hero, an absolute hero,” Pangelinan said.

The suspect, Alfonso Edington, 23, stepped off the bus with the child in his arms, police said, and struggled with officers before releasing the child. The child was unharmed, police said.

Pangelinan said that investigators were working to determine a motive and what the suspect was planning to do with the child.

“There are so many unanswered questions,” he said.


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