North Texas Man Arrested After Teen Girl Who Was Abducted Asks For Help From Workers At KFC Restaurant

Andrew Greenstein
May 22, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Diamond Marquis Williams

Azle PD

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FORT WORTH (KRLD) - A Fort Worth man is under arrest accused of kidnapping a teenage girl, and the girl managed to escape.

Azle Police say 24-year-old Diamond Marquis Williams abducted the girl from her Fort Worth home late last week.

Yesterday morning, police say as Williams went to a pawn shop on Boyd Road in Azle, the girl entered the adjacent Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and told employees that she was being held against her will. Azle Police arrested Williams without incident a short time later.

The girl was evaluated at Cook Children's Medical Center and is back with her family. Williams is in the Tarrant County Jail, charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Fast-Thinking Fast Food Workers Help Save Kidnapped Girl

The KFC/Long John Silvers restaurant in Azle was not yet open when the girl walked through the unlocked front door as managers Lynzi Cedillo and Shannon Cates were prepping for the day.

“By the grace of God, the door was unlocked,” says Cedillo. “And I heard someone coming in. I turned around and I looked, and at the end of the counter, probably about 10 feet from me, she stood.”

At first, Cedillo didn’t know what was going on.

“I couldn't see her face yet. And I was going to tell her, ‘Ma'am sorry, we're closed,’ and she said, ‘Please help me.’”

Cates says the girl appeared to be in very bad shape.

“The girl was covered,” says Cates. “She had blood spots all over shirt, her lips were bloody, you could tell she's been crying, (and) she was shaking like a leaf.”

Cedillo and Cates very quickly sprung into action.

“I immediately just took her back, and I went and contacted (Cates), and then I got the phone. We called 911 immediately,” says Cedillo.

“We kept the girl in the office until I came up here and realized they had the man detained,” says Cates.

Almost immediately, Williams was surrounded by police.

“Azle PD was here within a matter of minutes,”

Cates says. “They were on their job yesterday morning.”

While many would hail Cedillo and Cates as heroes, they don’t quite see it that way.

“They keep saying, ‘Congratulations, congratulations,’ but I'm not sure what all that’s for,” says Cedillo.

“We didn't do anything special,” says Cates. “We did ... what every human on this Earth should do for anybody.”

Both Cates and Cedillo want to see the girl again.

“If she hears this (on KRLD), please come and visit us at KFC,” says Cates. “Come see us, bring your family. You can eat on us.”

“I don't even know you but I love you,” says Cedillo.