January 8th, 2014
10:19 AM ET

Target Employee Follows Gut, Helps Cops Nab Kidnapper

A California Target employee spots a suspicious person and springs into action, CNN's Michaela Pereira reports.

Roxanna Ramirez, 22, was working Friday night when she noticed a bizarre man in the parking lot.

Ramirez says, "He was just fidgeting around. I wasn't getting a good vibe off him. At one point I seen him grab on the steering wheel and start to shake it, like as if something was wrong with him. So then I thought okay there's something wrong with this guy. He's not all there."

She wrote down the car's license plate number. Ramirez says when she got home that night, a friend told her about an amber alert that had just been issued.

It turns out police were on the hunt for a man they say had stalked a mother and her 7-year-old daughter at a Walmart earlier that night and followed them home.

According to Lt. John Vanderklugt:

"There was a weapon used. The mother attempted to stop the male from abducting her daughter, and when she approached him, the male produced what's been described as a rifle and the mom stopped, he was able to force the child into the car, and then fled the scene."

Ramirez called police and they were able to track down the suspect in just four hours.

David Douglas,43, was arrested and the 7-year-old girl was recovered safely in his car.

Douglas is now talking in a jailhouse interview.

See the video above to find out why he says the kidnapping was a cry for help.

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  1. Bayousara

    Four hours is too long. I wonder if the police dallied around.

    January 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm | Reply

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