A Pearl police officer recently spoke about saving a four-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Alabama and rescued in Mississippi.
Pearl police were first notified by the Birmingham Police Department about a kidnapping on the evening of Nov. 4.
Officer Donell Reynolds was near the state line when he spotted the wanted vehicle, a light blue Ford Fusion, pass by on the I-20 West. Upon confirming that the car had out-of-state plates, he began to pursue the vehicle and pulled the driver over.
The driver told Reynolds he was traveling from Alabama with his son, an unidentified man, and a little girl. Reynolds detained the driver, and then ordered the adult passenger to exit the vehicle. The man refused to comply, so Reynolds and other officers had to force him out of the car.
The little girl was then rescued and reunited with her mother with the assistance of officers from several agencies.
Reynolds recently told WJTV that he was blessed to be at the right time and place on his normal route.
“Today, we come out. We look at things and try to take it one day at a time. It makes me feel one more thing in my career I’ve done that one more good thing,” said Reynolds.
Authorities said that the two men were the child’s uncle and his friend. There was also another juvenile in the vehicle at the time. Police believe the kidnapping was a result of a domestic incident, and that the men were planning to take the child to Mexico to be with her father.
Pearl Police Detective Rey Olivo praised Reynolds for his “quick response” and “experienced professionalism” during the incident.
Regarding the girl, Reynolds said: “I would have to say, she’s one of the nicest and most sassiest four-year-olds I’ve met in my life.”
Investigations into the case are still ongoing. The two suspects face first degree kidnapping charges, according to Birmingham police.