The video shows Fort Worth police officers rushing the room at WoodSpring Suites, located in the nearby suburb of Forest Hill, where kidnapper Michael Webb had taken the girl and sexually assaulted her.
Webb, a homeless man who was convicted in September of kidnapping, was sentenced Thursday to life in federal prison with the possibility of parole, according to court records. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, who prosecuted the case for the Northern District of Texas, said last week that it took jurors less than 10 minutes to find Webb, 51, guilty of snatching the girl from her mother's arms around p.
May 18 as they took a walk in the Ryan Place neighborhood of Fort Worth. As a prosecutor and a mother, it was important for me to take part in Webb's trial. Investigators credited civilians, one of whom was identified by ABC News as a pastor familiar with the child's family, with first spotting Webb's vehicle in the hotel parking lot and calling for help.
The sergeant was called to the scene after someone who noticed Webb -- and the young victim -- at the hotel called the front desk and told the clerk they thought he was the man being sought by Fort Worth authorities. The clerk, who called police, pointed Wolfe and another officer to Webb's third-floor room, the Star-Telegram reported. After officers knocked for several minutes, Webb eventually opened the door. Webb, 51, was sentenced Thursday, Nov. They did not locate any other occupants inside the room.
Dennis said in June that Wolfe's failure to find the girl during that first sweep of the room was not a factor in his termination, according to WFAA in Dallas. The search had been a reasonable one, the chief said. Forest Hills officers, including Wolfe, were the first to return to the hotel shortly after 2 a. Fort Worth officers arrived about six minutes later and took over, since the kidnapping took place in their jurisdiction.
The video, which was obtained by multiple media outlets, begins with the officer wearing the camera racing toward the hotel in a police cruiser. Once at the hotel, the officer is seen hurrying inside and asking a woman who appears to be a hotel housekeeper if she has the room information for Room , where Webb was staying.
The officer determines the man in the room matches the description of the wanted kidnapper. He takes the paperwork back outside, where some of his fellow officers are using flashlights to search the ground for clues. According to prosecutors, the officers had confirmed the presence in the parking lot of the car suspected in the abduction. The officer recording the search is seen handing a colleague the hotel paperwork, asking her to hold on to it. Meanwhile, other officers are already closing in on Webb upstairs. After obtaining a police shield, the officer with the body camera is seen running up several flights of stairs to the third floor, where a team waits outside Room Webb and the girl are on the other side of the door.
Police in Fort Worth, Texas, order Michael Webb to open his hotel room door as they prepare to break it down May 19, , eight hours after Webb kidnapped and raped an 8-year-old girl. Step out. Two officers force him onto the ground and handcuff him as the rest swarm into the hotel room, guns drawn, in search of the girl. The girl is seen rising from the plastic bin as the officer squats down to pick her up. Her small arms encircle his neck. Watch the footage below, courtesy of WFAA.
Warning: The video may be difficult for some viewers. As the officers, out of breath but jubilant, radio in the news that the girl has been found and Webb is in custody, she is heard asking them about her clothes.
They then head down the hotel stairwell with the girl. As they arrive in the parking lot of the hotel, the officers order two men in the parking lot to stand back. According to ABC News , the pastor who called in the tip about Webb's car was also at the scene when the girl was brought out. Officers wrapped Webb in a sheet and took him to the police station where, in a three-hour recorded statement, he admitted to kidnapping and raping the girl.
Crying at times, Webb told the investigators he arrived at the hotel with the girl around p. He made her stay hidden on the front passenger floorboard of the vehicle, court records indicate. A sobbing Michael Webb confesses to kidnapping and raping an 8-year-old girl during questioning by FBI and Fort Worth, Texas, investigators the morning of May 19, Webb's federal public defender, John Stickney, attempted in September to get his confession thrown out, alleging that his client had not slept in three days and was not lucid enough the morning of May 19 to waive his right to speak without a lawyer present.
Following a hearing that included testimony from Thompson, U. Stickney argued during his closing that the government failed to produce evidence that Webb was participating in interstate commerce during the crime, one of the elements that must be proven under the federal law against kidnapping. Webb, who used Google maps on his cellphone to find the hotel, also drove along Interstate 35 and Interstate 20 to get there. The records and media reports describe how Webb, who was driving a gray Ford registered to his mother, approached his victim and her mother twice as the pair walked along 6th Avenue in Fort Worth the evening of the abduction.
He also asked if she liked money, the woman said. A police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, points out blood on the bed in Michael Webb's hotel room early May 19, , eight hours after Webb kidnapped and later raped an 8-year-old girl.
Webb drove off but returned a short time later. Still, he said, he must have missed at least one witness. That portion of the abduction was captured on a doorbell camera across the street from the scuffle. The homeowner of the home with the camera can be seen stopping in his yard and watching in alarm as the woman runs down the street.
The girl's mother was equally frantic in her call, which was obtained by ABC News. I think it was a handicap. The woman pleads with the dispatcher, describing the abductor as a scary man who had been harassing them. She says police need to find her daughter, now. The camera is not designed to record any random movement in the street, like a car driving past.
It was absolutely critical," the FBI agent said. News of the abduction spread quickly through Fort Worth-area media, leading several members of the community to aid in the search for the missing girl. Police officers in Fort Worth, Texas, carry a kidnapped 8-year-old girl to safety early May 19, , eight hours after she was abducted by Michael Webb and sexually assaulted. Heise told ABC News each moment that went by without word of the girl's whereabouts and safety felt heavy.
They did this. It wasn't us. Skip to content. Dramatic police footage shows rescue of kidnapped 8-year-old Texas girl. Share Share Share. Content Continues Below. We got her! His partner asks why. Blood was visible on the front passenger seat, they said. Open the door! Fort Worth Police Department! A moment later, success. Here she is! The officer wearing the body camera finds a towel to wrap around the girl. A brazen daylight kidnapping.
She gets up and runs down the street, screaming for help. Help me, please! Watch footage from the doorbell camera below, courtesy of ABC News. A critical clue. It kicked on when the homeowner stepped outside.