Mom of tot taken hostage at Wal-Mart: I begged for her life - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Mom of tot taken hostage at Wal-Mart: I begged for her life

Posted:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:44:03 GMT
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
  • Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:54:43 GMT
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>

Courtesy NBC News

A mom's routine grocery trip turned into a harrowing ordeal after one of her girls was taken hostage in a deadly standoff.

"I was literally begging for my daughter's life," said Alicia Keating, whose recent trip to an Oklahoma Wal-Mart was captured by the store's surveillance video.

The scene in the store as Wallace walks away holding Zoey, captured on surveillance video.

While Keating's back was turned, a complete stranger walked up to Keating's cart and picked up her 2-year-old daughter, Zoey. He walked away as the girl's 12-year-old sister watched in shock.

"Here's this huge man standing there with my daughter in his arms and he has a knife pointing towards her side," Keating said on TODAY in a segment that aired Wednesday. "He said really quietly, ‘Hey, little mamma. You see this knife?'"

Keating became hysterical. She began screaming, pleading with the suspect to let her daughter go.

"I did not maintain my composure. I was completely freaked out," she said. "I wanted to reach out and grab her but he had a knife. There was nothing I could do but stand there and beg for her life."

Meanwhile, other shoppers in the store had called 911.

"There's someone with a knife holding a little girl hostage," one man told the emergency operator.

Police provided Wallace with a chair. As he began a threatening countdown, they said they took action.

"He took this woman's kid and we need police here immediately," said another caller.

Midwest City, Okla., police cleared the store as soon as they arrived. They negotiated for more than 30 minutes with the suspect, Sammie Wallace, who continued to hold a knife to the toddler's neck. At one point, they gave Wallace a chair and talked with him one-on-one, according to the video.

Police said Wallace then started a 60-second countdown that the suspect warned would end up with him harming the child.

That's when police Capt. David Huff walked up to Wallace and shot him point-blank in the head.

Little Zoey is safe and sound at home after her ordeal.

"When you have a suspect that starts counting down on a child's life, we're going to have to take appropriate action and unfortunately we had to use deadly force," said Sid Porter, Midwest City's assistant police chief.

Keating was outside when she heard the shooting.

"I heard the shot go off and I thought, ‘Oh my God, they just killed her.' I thought, ‘she's dead,'" she said.

Today, Keating and her daughters are back home safe and Zoey is none the wiser.

"My hugs are a lot tighter," said Keating, still amazed by what happened. "When I watch her play, I have never been more thankful."

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.