FOREST HILLS, Texas – Days after her kidnapper was sentenced, authorities released video of officers bursting into a Texas hotel room to rescue an 8-year-old Fort Worth girl who had been snatched away from her mother in May.
Michael Webb was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, Nov. 14, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. It took a jury less than 10 minutes to convict the 51-year-old after a two-day trial in September.
On the evening of May 18, Webb ripped the girl away from her mother as the pair walked down 6th Avenue in Fort Worth just after 6:30 p.m.
Acting on a tip, officers responded to Webb's hotel room around midnight but failed to find the girl hidden in a laundry basket and left, according to the release.
A couple hours later, a family friend called police after spotting Webb's Ford sedan. Investigators found blood on the front passenger seat, according to the release, and returned to the Forest Hills hotel.
Dramatic video showed the officers banging on the door and ordering Webb to open up.
"I'm getting dressed!" Webb said from inside the room as police used a ram to force the door open.
"Hands! Let me see your hands!" an officer yelled as the door swings open. "Step out."