A Northern California bus driver who’s been praised for his heroism by his employer and police says he simply followed his parental instincts when he stopped a kidnapping in progress on his bus.
A 3-year-old boy was reported missing Friday morning from the Milpitas Public Library, about 45 miles from San Francisco, according a press release from the Milpitas Police Department.
About an hour later, Tim Watson, a Valley Transportation Authority bus driver, noticed a man and boy on his bus who matched the description of the suspect and child wanted by authorities.
The boy was crying, Watson said.
“I saw his teary eye,” he said.
So Watson concocted a clever plan to deliver the suspect to authorities.
“I started asking passengers about a missing green backpack,” Watson told ABC News. “What I’m trying to do is get to the perpetrator.”
Watson then pulled over and pretended to look for the lost bag so he could contact police, he said.