Update: Toddler saves baby sister
By: Kali Nicole
Lincoln police say they arrested a 19-year-old man for Wednesday's disturbance near SW 15th and West A Streets.
Dalton Gilsdorf was arrested Thursday morning for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Trespassing and Disturbing the Peace. Early in the investigation, it was believed Gilsdorf was trying to kidnap a child from the vehicle. After an interview with Gilsdorf, police say they believe he was trying to steal the vehicle. Police say a family member of Gilsdorf called police and said he came home with a stolen bike. Gilsdorf and the bike matched the description of the suspect in Wednesday's incident. Police say Gilsdorf is developmentally disabled with a history of theft.
On Wedneday, we spoke with the mother of the children shortly after the incident happened.
For the last five months in a normally quiet neighborhood, the Sindelar family has been preparing their four-year-old for a day they never thought would come. A day, like Wednesday.
“We did tell her to scream, kick, do anything to let someone know if a stranger is hurting you or try to take you,” said the Sindelars.
Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, little Kaylee was forced to do just that. Her dad loaded her and her 8-month-old sister up in the SUV. Stepping only feet away, just for a moment to grab the stroller, when the toddler sensed stranger danger.
“He came out to see what was happening and saw a bike behind our car and there was a man trying to take our youngest girl.”
Kaylee's actions kept everyone safe, but the suspect did get away. Police say they are looking for a white male, in his 30s, 140-150 lbs. He was wearing a black ball cap, short sleeve shirt and black shorts and riding a gray or silver BMX style bike.
“People like that exist, as you become a parent you realize that, but until you go through something like this, you don't know how to relate to that.”
What they can relate to is the effects safety prevention can have on a family, neighborhood and community. Even when you never thought you'd need it.
If you have any information, you're urged to call police or Crime stoppers at 475-3600.