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It started out as a family sightseeing trip to Chicago, and ended as a nightmare when Kelly Davis chased down a man he says tried to kidnap his two-year-old daughter.
"We wanted take a nighttime adventure with our two daughters. We like to go to the city - it's a nice place to see the tall buildings, the lights and the river," Davis said. "And my oldest daughter loves the Picasso statue." Davis and his children live in suburban Zion, Ill.
There is a slide at the base of the statue, which is located at Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop. Davis said the girls were playing there when a man, who was later identified by police as James Gates, tried to grab Davis' youngest daughter, Myla.
"We were playing on the Picasso and sliding and having fun," Davis said. "And then I noticed that this guy was heading in our direction and his attention was focused our way."
Davis said he wasn't suspicious of Gates at first, but soon realized something was very wrong.
"It wasn't too alarming because people will come up and ask for a cigarette or spare change or whatever. But as he got closer, I realized he wasn't making eye contact with me and nothing to give me the feeling he is about to speak to me. And he gets even closer and I notice he has this fixation on my daughters."
Davis said he put himself between his girls and the man who was closing in on them.
"I looked over and he was actually stepping up onto the statue and trying to reach around my left side and grab my daughter," Davis said. "So I pushed him away and put my body between him and my daughter."
Davis said his fiancee, Amanda Green, hurried the children to safety as Gates tried to attack him.
"This guy was in my face telling me that's his daughter and her nickname is Goldilocks," Davis said. "And I'm telling him to get the (expletive) away from my family, away from my daughter. And he's being so persistent that it's his daughter and trying to get through me to get to her."
He said Gates then tried to attack him. Davis pulled back to dodge the punch, but was hit in the nose.
"The whole time I was just thinking, 'there's nothing this man can do to get past me to get my child,'" Davis said.
By then, a bystander had called the police.
"Then he just starts walking off, so I followed him," Davis said. "My anger and adrenaline is running rampant."
Davis said he followed Gates for about 25 minutes, down streets and alleyways, until the police came.
Gates was taken into custody and faces a felony charge of kidnapping with the threat of force and a misdemeanor battery charge, according to the Chicago Police Department.
Originally posted by zonetripper2065
Wow just wow. Too bad pops didnt carry a weapon and just gut this bass turd where he stood.