Woman aids kidnapped boy: Woman Kidnapped Boy 7
Published: July 14, 2015
Woman aids kidnapped boy: Woman Kidnapped Boy 7, A Texas pizza shop employee helped rescue a seven-year-old kidnapped boy after she identified the abductor’s car in the restaurant’s parking lot thanks to an Amber Alert that was sent to her cellphone.
Courtney Best, an employee at Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Corpus Cristi, Texas, noticed the Amber Alert for abducted Nicolas Gomez while on a smoke break during her shift on Thursday.
Best, 26, normally takes her smoke break behind the building, but decided to go out front at about 12.10pm.
She noticed a white Dodge Avenger pulling into the parking lot shortly after seeing an Amber Alert on her phone with a description of the same car.
‘I [saw] a white car pull up, and I just happen to take my phone with me, ’cause we don’t look at our phones at work, and I looked down and I saw ‘white Dodge Avenger Amber Alert,’ and I was like, ‘Nah, that’s not him,’ Best told KRIS.
But then she noticed an odd interaction between the boy and the man he was with as they walked into a nearby Family Dollar in the same strip mall.
‘The man was walking across the parking lot looking at me, ’cause I was the only person out here, with the little boy, and the little boy looked scared, and I was like, “no, that’s not him”,’ she said.
But still, Best got into her car and drove past the white Avenger so she could check to see if the license plate matched the one in the Amber Alert.
When she realized they did in fact match, Best called the police and as the suspect and Nicolas returned to the car, she reported what street they pulled on to.
Best followed the car until it reached South Staples Street, where Corpus Christi police were waiting for the vehicle, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
Nicolas had last been seen the night before at about 5pm in Alice Texas. An Amber Alert had been sent out on Thursday at about authorities looking for Nicolas and his mother’s boyfriend, Channing Eloy Galbraith.
Corpus Christi police arrested Galbraith on a $100,000 kidnapping warrant obtained by Alice Police Department detectives.
Nicolas was taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. He didn’t appear to be injured, but police took him to the facility as a precaution.
Best said she rarely looks at Amber Alerts but that she will pay more attention from now on.
‘I usually don’t even look at Amber Alerts, as bad as that sounds. I look at them, and I don’t really pay attention,’ she told KRIS. ‘And I was like, he couldn’t get from [Alice, the city where Nicolas was abducted, to Corpus Christi] in that little bit of time. Sure enough, it was him.’
Galbraith was taken to Corpus Christi city detention center and will be sent to Jim Wells County to face kidnapping charges.
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