A Georgia man is hailed a hero after he jumped into action to save a child in need. Immediately upon hearing the cries of a child, he rushed to help and held the adult suspect that was harming the child at gunpoint until the police arrived.
On Nov. 6, Kelcey Willis witnessed what appeared to be a kidnapping at a Walmart in Warner Robins, Ga. A gut instinct led him to follow the child’s cries into the woods and intervene in what police say was an assault.
According to Willis, WGXA reports, “As buddy was filling us in to get our oil change, we heard a little kid screaming. So we turned to the corner down there, and we seen him getting snatched out the car, and the man was taking him behind the building,” Willis added, “We thought he was using the bathroom, but it took him way too long to come back from behind the building.”
Willis took action when he became suspicious as the child continued to scream.
He continued telling WGXA, “The screaming kept getting louder and louder, and that didn’t sit right with us. My first instinct was to grab my gun and go get that kid out the woods.”
As the child cried in distress into the woods, he quickly realized what was happening.
The Warner Robins Police Department gave more information on the situation. According to a media statement, Haimnarine Doobay, 67, had forcefully taken the child from a vehicle and into the woods behind Walmart. According to police, Doobay choked the juvenile after throwing him to the ground.
“By the time I came around the corner, he was on top of him choking him, choking him, and at that point, I just put my gun up and held him at gunpoint and grabbed the kid,” Willis added.
Willis held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.
Houston County Sheriff’s Office juvenile department treated the juvenile, who was related to Doobay.
The charges against Doobay include aggravated assault and cruelty toward a child.
In an interview with WGXA, Willis said that this could have ended very differently if he hadn’t followed his gut.
“If I ain’t step in, and I ain’t react as fast as I did, the kid would probably be dead… He would’ve choked the child cold. Once we got the kid out of the woods, he said the man was going to beat him and leave him for the animals.” Willis shared. It is people like Willis that make this world a better place. He acted when he knew something was wrong, and because of him, the child survived the incident, a true hero.