Hearing the startling screech of an Amber Alert prompted a Target employee to help crack a kidnapping case. Roxanna Ramirez, 22, an employee at a store in Pittsburg, California was at work on Friday when she saw a male customer acting strangely. "When I first spotted him in the store, I thought he was going to shoplift," Ramirez told Oakland, California, news affiliate KTVU. "He had a backpack, and he was picking things up and putting them down in the men's department."
As a loss-prevention specialist, Ramirez is trained to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior, so she began following the man throughout the store. She asked him if he needed assistance, and he declined. Undeterred, Ramirez went to her office and observed him on surveillance cameras. Yahoo Shine could not reach Ramirez for comment, but she told KTVU, "He was fidgeting around, acting really weird, abnormal. I don't know, it just didn't make me feel comfortable." When the man left the store, Ramirez continued watching him pace in the parking lot: then she went outside and got close enough to his Toyota Camry to jot down his license plate number.
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Later that night, Ramirez was hanging out with a girlfriend, who received an Amber Alert for a missing 7-year-old girl reportedly named Natalie Calvo. She showed it to Ramirez, who instantly knew she could help. "She read the description of the car, and I was like, 'Hold on,' that sounds like somebody I saw earlier at my job! It fits the same description," Ramirez told KTVU. "I was like, 'It's kinda weird,' and she said, 'You should call.'" So she did, and her information led to the arrest of David Douglas, who, hours after leaving the Target store, reportedly abducted Natalie in front of her home after following the girl and her mother home from a shopping trip. Police tracked down Douglas in the Antioch Marina after a four-hour search and returned Natalie to her family.
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"We didn't have much information about Douglas, so it's amazing that Roxanna's tip led us straight to him," Capt. Tammany Brooks of the Antioch police department told Yahoo Shine. "We're grateful that Roxanna had the foresight to follow her instincts."
Ramirez is amazed, herself, telling KTVU, "They said I helped crack the case, and my heart just dropped, like, really? I couldn't believe it."