ANTIOCH -- Police Chief Allan Cantando released a statement early Saturday, commending the department's and the community's massive efforts to successfully find and abducted 7-year-old.
Cantando said the city's greatest fear was turned into a great reward when the child was found safe and her alleged kidnapper was taken into custody.
Below is the statement in its entirety:
Tonight the City of Antioch experienced one of its greatest fears, a kidnapping of a 7 year old child.
As I arrived at the Police Station I saw the men and women of this department in conjunction with the FBI, diligently working leads, gathering information, and coordinating this investigation.
Within a relatively short amount of time, investigators developed a suspect (David Douglas). Within the hour, Douglas was in custody and the brave 7 year old girl was safe in police custody.
I am so proud of the ability, work ethic, and dedication of the men and women who work for Antioch PD. As a resident, I am comforted by the abilities of our officers because they are true professionals in every sense of the word.
As I stood in the foyer of the police department with a few of our amazing officers, I had the pleasure of telling the parents their daughter was safe and the suspect was in custody. It was an emotional moment for all of us."
Chief Allan Cantando