Witness Speaks About Hailey Owens Abduction

By Lindsay Clein

Published 02/19 2014 07:40PM

Updated 02/19 2014 11:14PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Witnesses who live in the neighborhood where Hailey was snatched played a large role in helping police track down the person responsible.

The whole abduction happened quickly and no one is ever prepared for anything like that to happen.

The man KOLR10 spoke to says he jumped in his car and chased after the suspect, but he was just going too fast for him to keep up.

He estimates a traveling speed of 60 miles per hour.

Ricky Riggins was one of the last people to see Hailey.

He says he remembers exactly what she was doing and what she looked like before she was kidnapped.

Ricky lives on W. Lombard St. and was actually sitting inside his car when it happened.

He says he looked down while he was messing on his phone and heard his neighbors screaming for help.

They were able to get the license plate number and call 911.

What Ricky did next was pure instinct. He chased after the suspect.

"And my neighbor said ‘he took her, he took her’ so I got in my car and drove down the street to see if I could catch up to them,” he says. “By the time I got in my car, he had already turned onto Golden, so he had quite a jump on me. I didn’t know if he had a gun-- he could've beat me to a pulp, I don’t know. But I wasn’t going to let him take that girl. I think it was just adrenaline because I wasn’t thinking much of anything I was just going, I wasn’t thinking, I was just going."

Ricky says he chased Craig Wood a little past Kansas and Grand, but there were too many cars and he couldn't pass anyone or keep up.

He tells KOLR10 News this is certainly something he will never forget.

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