Timing, as the saying goes, is everything.
Kelcey Willis was parked at a Walmart in Warner Robins, Georgia, last Sunday, when he heard a child screaming in the distance — it was in that moment the good Samaritan’s instincts kicked in.
Waiting for an oil change, Willis recalled to WGXA-TV, “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,” he said. “We thought he was using the bathroom, but it took him way too long to come back from behind the building.”
As the child’s screams grew increasingly louder, Willis knew he had to do something.
“That didn’t sit right with us,” he said of the little boy’s distress. “My first instinct was to grab my gun and go get that kid out the woods.”
And that’s exactly what he did.
As soon as Willis made it behind the building, he saw the alleged kidnapper — identified as 67-year-old Haimnarine Doobay — on top of the little boy and choking him.
“At that point,” Willis said, “I just put my gun up and held him at gunpoint and grabbed the kid.”
The good Samaritan fully believes that — had he not been at Walmart at the right time — the alleged assailant would have gotten away with kidnapping the child.
“If I ain’t step in and I ain’t react as fast as I did, the kid would probably be dead,” Willis said. “[H]e would’ve choked the child cold. Once we got the kid out the woods, he said the man was going to beat him and leave him for the animals.”
Police later discovered Doobay and the little boy are related. Doobay has since been charged with aggravated assault and cruelty toward a child. The boy, for his part, was transferred to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office juvenile department for follow-up care.
Praise God Willis was nearby and able to rescue the little boy. Please be in prayer for the child and his family as they process this traumatic experience.