Pizza Shop Employee Saves a Kidnapped Child on Her Smoke Break

A Papa Murphy’s employee who stepped outside for her smoke break alerted the police after finding a kidnapping suspect

Luckily, she was outside on her break to rectify the dangerous situation.

A Texas pizza shop worker is being hailed as a hero today. Courtney Best, 26, stepped outside her place of work at Papa Murphy’s in Corpus Christi, Texas, for a cigarette break and ended up calling the police in a move that may have saved a child’s life. While on her break, Best recognized a car that fit the exact description of a getaway vehicle described in an amber alert.

"I stepped outside, I was standing by the trashcan, and I [saw] a white car pull up, and I just happen to take my phone with me, cause we don’t look at our phones at work, and I looked down and I saw 'white Dodge Avenger Amber Alert,' and I was like, 'Nah, that’s not him,'" Best told local news station KRIS TV.

But it was him. The Amber Alert was for a recently missing child, Nicolas Gomez, who has been abducted in a nearby area. Best saw a man with a child get out of the car and enter a dollar store. She then became immediately suspicious and checked his license plates. They were a match to the plates listed in the amber alert.

“What are the odds of me looking at my phone?” Best said. “And I usually don't even look at amber alerts, as bad as that sounds, I look at them and I don't really pay attention.”


Best immediately called the police, and the suspect, Channing Galbraith, was arrested. Nicholas was returned home safely.