DRAMATIC FOOTAGE: Police Body Camera Captures Heart-Stopping Moment Officers Find Kidnapped 8-Year-Old Girl

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FORT WORTH, Texas A convicted child kidnapper was sentenced Thursday to life in federal prison.

Following a two-day trial in September, a federal jury in Fort Worth deliberated for less than 10 minutes before convicting Michael Webb, 51, of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl.

“We believe that justice has been served in this case. And we are thankful for and agree with the Judge’s decision to sentence him to life in prison. My hope is that this family and this community will find solace in knowing that he will never be able to harm another little child again,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox.

“A dangerous predator is spending the rest of his life behind bars because law enforcement and citizen volunteers worked tirelessly to safely bring the victim home. The FBI’s North Texas Child Exploitation Task Force is committed to assisting our law enforcement partners in the protection of the most vulnerable in our community,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno of the Dallas Field Office. “Today’s sentence sends an important message to all predators. We will not allow any crime against children to go unpunished.”

According to evidence presented at trial, Webb grabbed the little girl as she and her mother were walking down Fort Worth’s 6th Avenue at 6:38 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Neighborhood surveillance video shows the victim’s mother knocked to the ground as Webb’s car drives away.

The victim’s mother testified, describing her daughter as “brave, strong, and smart” before describing for the jury the horrific details of the “physical fight” for her daughter’s life.

In a three-hour recorded interview with the FBI, Webb confessed to the kidnapping, admitting that after successfully fighting off the child’s mother, he drove to a church parking lot. Later that evening, he admitted that he took the girl to Forest Hill’s WoodSpring Suites hotel, where he carried the child into a room and held her captive.

It was around midnight when a tip led Forest Hill police officers to Webb’s room. Shortly before their arrival, Webb admitted to threatening the girl, and hiding the girl from law enforcement in a small laundry basket. The officers, having visually inspected the room, left without finding the child.

Meanwhile, friends, volunteers and law enforcement canvassed the city of Fort Worth looking for the missing girl. It was ultimately the efforts of a family friend who spotted Webb’s Ford sedan and called 911. Fort Worth Police Department responded and confirmed that there appeared to be blood on the front passenger seat. Law enforcement then acted quickly to enter the hotel room, rescuing the victim who was found hidden in the laundry basket.

“We got her, we got her!” officers announced on their radios. “He’s in custody; we have her.”




8 COMMENTS

  1. Michael Webb needs to be knocked to the ground each and everyday for the rest of his life, and then also confined to a tiny laundry basket for the rest of his life. He doesn’t deserve the luxury of an entire prison cell.

  2. According to the news report I read, someone identified the license plate in the parking lot of the hotel. Why pray tell didn’t the front desk call police when a black man comes in with a white girl?

  3. MAR
    unfortunately that is considered
    racist
    stereotyping
    ……
    all sorts of other liberal garbage
    would have ended up with the front desk losing their job and maybe getting the hotel closed for employing bigots

  4. Mar: The girl could have been his niece, stepdaughter, adopted daughter, or the daughter of a friend.
    There’s no need to call the police over something like that!

  5. By the same token, it’s just as legitimate to ask why Shabbos desecrators, pork eaters, tovah advocates, etc. are allowed into the King’s palace?

  6. My previous comment got posted to the wrong article. It was meant as a comment to the secular MK who questioned why the Satmar Rebbe was “allowed” to enter EY.