The girl was reportedly snatched and thrown into a car while she was riding her bike outside of her home. A neighbor witnessed the kidnapping and tailed the suspect while providing a partial plate number to the police.
Officer Jason Burba’s bodycam shows the moment he arrives as Sergeant Joe Keeling held 40-year-old suspect, Robby Wildt, at gunpoint. The bodycam footage shows Burba yelling for the passenger to open the door before being informed it may be the six-year-old girl. He approaches the car and sees the young victim sobbing in the passenger seat.
“Hello! It’s okay! C’mere!” Burba softly tells the girl before placing her into his arms. The child is heard crying and stating, “I want my daddy.”
The neighbor who spotted the abduction said he was outside figuring out where to place security cameras when he witnessed Wildt snatch the little girl.
“One of our cars actually got broken into so that led up to us being outside, trying to figure out where to place cameras on our house,” said Prentiss Weatherford. “I was looking down the road, [and] a car came around the corner from the stop sign, parked in the middle of the street. He got out…[There was] a little girl in front of her car on her bicycle. He just grabbed her by the collar, threw her bike, threw her in the passenger’s seat, made his way on down the road.”
According to arrest records, Wildt admitted to kidnapping the girl and “knew what he was doing was wrong.” He claimed he was on his way to take the girl back from where he took her because he was “afraid he may hurt her” and “he felt bad for doing what he had done.” Wildt further claimed he was on his way to return the girl when police pulled him over.
Wildt has been charged with one count of kidnapping a minor and is being held on a $1 million bond. In Kentucky, his crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.