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Emotional rescue! Alert bus driver saved 3-year-old from kidnappers by recalling description of red shoes

Thanks to an alert and conscientious bus driver, a kidnapped 3-year-old boy was returned to the arms of his grateful parents in Northern California.

The rescue took place Friday, when Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority driver Tim Watson made a note of the announcement that a boy had been abducted from the Milpitas public library, paying particular attention to his description, according to local ABC affiliate KGO-TV Channel 7 News.

Watson’s antennae lit up when he noticed a a male passenger with a crying boy. He pulled over and feigned a search for a missing backpack to get a better look.

“What I’m really trying to do is to get up without him knowing to look at the little boy,” Watson recalled in an interview with the news station. “So sure enough, I see the plaid shorts and red shoes. That’s what really stuck out in my mind.”

Watson radioed the police, who were waiting for the boy and his alleged kidnapper, Alfonso David Edington, 23, at the Fremont train station.

“So I open my door one slowly, giving them time to get prepped and ready to go,” Watson told the station. “I open up door two, the gentleman walks out calm, cool, collected as can be — and they take him down on the spot.”

Slick as grease on a sheet of ice.

The experience prompted an emotional release in Watson, as well as the boy’s parents.

“And that’s when my own kids came to mind and I just broke down. I couldn’t hold myself down,” Watson said. “I just had to go inside the bus and reflect.”

The boy’s parents expressed their thanks to the police and Watson. The kidnapping suspect has no connection to the family at all.

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