Natalie Calvo, a 7-year-old girl abducted Friday in front of her mother, was found safe just a few hours after she was taken at gunpoint, reports KTLA out of Los Angeles on Jan. 3.
Authorities are crediting the Amber Alert system with getting Natalie’s and her abductor’s descriptions out quickly to the public, which ultimately led to her being recognized by a local resident at a marina near Antioch.
The suspected abductor, David Allen Douglas, 43, allegedly followed Natalie and her mother home from a nearby Walmart on Friday. As Calvo’s mother was unloading groceries, Douglas attempted to force Calvo into his vehicle, a tan Toyota Camry, but was stopped by the mother.
Natalie's mother pulled her daughter back as Douglas began dragging Natalie towards his car, but he turned and allegedly pulled out a weapon and forced Calvo into his vehicle.
Natalie Calvo was found with no apparent injuries, police said. LaShay Burks, a local resident of Antioch, saw the suspect at the marina and recognized him based on information that she was given by her sister regarding the Amber Alert in their area.
The Alert that was sent out read:
“Natalie Calvo is a 7 year old, Asian, female, 3 feet tall, weighing 54 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes, last seen wearing a neon pink scarf and jacket, gray leggings (jeans style), brown boots, with her hair in a ponytail. The suspect is an unknown Asian male, approximately 40-50 years old, unknown clothing, possibly armed with a black long gun.”
Police found Natalie in the vehicle with a shirtless Douglas nearby.