The kidnapper was the child's mother, a drug addict, who no longer had custody and tried to spirit her daughter away.
While Howie was joyous that the kidnapper might be apprehended, he remained shaken by having watched the abduction.
During the interim we learned the sad news of the death of the Alabama Deputy Sheriff who was shot multiple times after stopping the kidnapper of eight year old Jennifer Morley.
The time between the recorded call and the fatal crash was such to give further credence that the kidnapper held his captors nearby.
Plagiarius meant a kidnapper, stealer or abductor of a slave or child, though it is also used in the modern sense of a literary pilferer or purloiner by Martial (I.