CRIME

Annapolis dispatcher helped girl who called 911 to capture her abductor

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(WJLA) - According to Police Communications Officer James McGill with Annapolis Dispatch, there was not a whole lot going on Saturday afternoon at the center. But he was about to get a once-in-a-lifetime call.

The voice on the line belongs to a 12-year-old girl who was saying she had been taken on a nightmare ride through an Annapolis neighborhood by a stranger who snatcher her off the street.

Police say that Cordell Salisbury touched the girl inappropriately before she finally managed to break free and then call 911 in tears.

McGill, a dispatcher with five years on the job, was the soothing voice trying to calm down the little girl and coaxing her location out of the confusion and shock so he could send help.

He finally made the connection, getting officers to the neighborhood in less than three minutes as the victim talked about what happened.

Police now know that the brave little girl who eventually led them to the car, also was able to identify Salisbury as the suspect. And for McGill, it was a dispatch call come full circle:

"I thought about it all day. I kept checking Facebook and news sites and calling officers I knew just to find out if there were any developments in the case. Later that night when I found out they had someone in custody, it was like a sigh of relief."

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