Airline Passenger Spots A Man Sending Texts In A Large Font. Once She Realizes What He's Talking About, She Knows What Must Be Done
A quick-thinking woman managed to catch a child predator just in the nick of time when she noticed him sending explicit text messages on a recent flight. Read on for the full story!
An anonymous airline passenger is being hailed as a hero after she managed to stop a pedophile from sexually assaulting a child.
According to the Good News Network, a preschool teacher was flying from Seattle, Washington to San Jose, California when she spotted a man in front of her sending explicit text messages to another person.
The man in question had reportedly set a rather large font on his phone, so the woman behind him was able to read what he was writing very clearly.
The man, later identified as 56-year-old Michael Kellar, was reportedly texting a Tacoma woman about his intent to sexually abuse at least two young children.
“It was in large font, and she sees certain words and starts contemplating there’s something bigger there,” said San Jose sex-crimes Detective Nick Jourdenais. “Then the conversation transitions to children. That’s the moment when she decided to preserve the evidence as best as she could.”
Little did he know that the eagle-eyed woman behind him was taking note of everything he was typing out.
Once she realized exactly what she was witnessing, the woman reportedly informed the flight crew of her shocking findings.
Knowing she would need as much evidence as possible against Kellar, the woman even slyly took photos of his messages with his own phone.
“It’s kind of mind-blowing,” said Jourdenais. “She gets on a plane, a normal citizen minding her business. A couple of hours later, she’s intervening on quite possibly the most traumatic thing children can go through. This was life-altering for them.”
Kellar was met by officers and arrested the moment the plane landed, thanks to the Good Samaritan’s quick-thinking.
“Kudos to his young lady. She went a step further,” said Sgt. Brian Spears, commander of the SJPD Internet Crimes Against Children task force. “Without us responding right away, he would have been lost.”
San Francisco and San Jose officers worked with detectives in Seattle to track down the woman Kellar was texting in Tacoma.
That’s when authorities confirmed that the pair had access to two small children, ages 5 and 7.
According to a statement from the city of Seattle, Kellar and the woman, 50-year-old Gail Burnworth “had access to children either as a caregiver or babysitter.”
Thanks to the woman’s brave actions, both Kellar and Burnworth were arrested just in the nick of time.
“We always preach ‘If you see something, say something.’ It was apparent to her to say something. She wasn’t going to take this home,” Jourdenais said. “She sees herself as a guardian and protector. It should be acknowledged.”
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