Yuba City man spots suspect seconds after Amber Alert goes out

YUBA CITY - A Yuba City man made a critical 911 call seconds after an Amber Alert first went out Thursday afternoon.

Gurinder Jhutty helped police find three abducted children unharmed. They had been kidnapped more than seven hours earlier from their home in Oroville.

Jhutty got the Amber Alert on his cellphone when it went out to Californians in several counties around 2:30 p.m. He was on his way to work, driving by Walton and Franklin in Yuba City when he got the alert. Within seconds, Jhutty spotted the suspect's car in a parking lot.

He went to go check the license plate of the car and saw that it matched the description. Jhutty also saw three children in the back of the car. That's when he called 911.

Police were able to stop the suspect minutes later, a few miles away near Highway 20 and 99.

"I can't even believe it. Right when the Amber Alert came is right when I see the van. That was right within 5 seconds," Jhutty said.

"From the time the push notification was sent out to cellphones in California to our officers having those children in their arms was 9 minutes," Yuba City police spokesperson Shawna Pavey said. "It's a great way for people to realize how important they are in solving these types of cases when there's a child at risk."

Police said this was a perfect example of the Amber Alert system working the way it's designed.


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