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Officer describes experience during attempted abduction of 5-year-old

Posted at 3:18 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 16:18:55-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha police Sgt. Scott Timperley shared his experience of being first on scene during an attempted abduction of a 5-year-old girl on Saturday.

On the Omaha Police Officers Association Facebook page, Sgt. Timperley described the moments he spent responding to a suspicious activity call near 66th & Blondo St.

Read his words below:
"Honestly, what I encountered and what I expected were on opposite ends of the spectrum. Although you have the mindset of "be prepared for the worst," in the back of your mind, part of you still thinks this will be like numerous other suspicious party calls. The weight of this call took a while to sink in. I admit I was in total shock when the first thing out of the suspect's mouth was that he planned on molesting a 5-year-old girl. Reflecting back I have never been happier to be in the right place at the right time to get these guys off the street. They were intent on molesting a child that day and were not going to stop until they found a victim.

The feeling I get knowing that I played a part in stopping this is very emotional. The worst victims we encounter are children. From child abuse to SIDS deaths they take a toll on every officer, whether they will admit it or not. I was in the Trauma bay when Payton Benson was pronounced dead. Except for Jimmy, Tye, and Kerrie, it was the single worst day I have had on this job in almost 27 years. To be able to say I took these guys off the street that day is one pride and sadness because it could have gone the other way. I am extremely overjoyed that Robert Williams is sitting in a jail cell. He is not right in his mind and truly is a predator that should not see the light of day."

Robert Williams was booked for Kidnapping, Attempted 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and Criminal Conspiracy. Antonio Johnson, another suspect, was booked for two counts of Criminal Conspiracy.