It was normal Friday morning for city bus driver, Tim Watson.
But when Watson noticed a man with a “teary eyed” little boy wearing red crocks on his bus, his morning got a bit more complicated.
According to ABC News, Watson realized the small child matched the descriptions of a police report, sighting a kidnapping that took place earlier that morning outside of Milpitas Public Library in California.
That’s when he devised a plan to act like he was searching for a “missing” green backpack in order to get closer to the suspected man accused of kidnapping the 3-year-old, to confirm he and the child were indeed who the police were looking for.
When Watson pulled over to search for the backpack — verifying that the child was wearing red crocs — he then secretly contacted the police, who were waiting at the next stop.
The child was safely retrieved, and his abductor, 23-year-old, Alfonso Edington, was quickly detained.
Now Watson is being called “a hero” by Milpitas police, but the father of two toldABC News that he simply did “what any father would do.”
“I became very emotional,” Watson said after Edington was arrested. “This could have been my child that was abducted.”
Thankfully, the young child was returned with his family physically unharmed.