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      6/10/2004    

 

 

 

 

 

Passing motorist protects boy from stranger

by Mark Vasto
Landmark reporter

A 12-year-old Kansas City area boy’s offer of assistance to a stranger nearly took a turn for the worse, at least until David Taylor took a U-turn.

Riding his bicycle to the Plaza Middle School in the Park Hill School District at around 7:45 am, the child came across Mohinder Singh, 53, who was removing items from telephone poles and struggling to carry some items in his arms. When the child offered to help, Singh starting acting friendly towards the boy – a little too friendly according to the Platte County Sheriff’s Department.

“When (The victim) asked if he could assist him, the man…put his arm around him,” said Captain Frank Hunter of the Platte County Sheriff’s department. “The juvenile then separated himself from him and told (Singh) that he just wanted to go to school.”

David Taylor, a 45-year-old salesman from Kansas City, was driving by the intersection of Hwy. 9 and Winter Ave. when he noticed the situation.

“I was on my way to work and I saw an older gentleman and a young boy standing there, with a bike on the ground,” Taylor recounted. “It didn’t look proper. It didn’t feel right. So I turned around.”

When Taylor approached the two, he asked the child if everything was ok, and the child said that it was. Taylor, himself a father of a Plaza student, wasn’t convinced.

“He said it in a way that made it seem like it wasn’t ok,” Taylor said, adding that he directed the child to pick up his bike and be on his way.

After the boy pedaled off, Taylor questioned Singh about his actions but he refused to talk to Taylor. Now certain that something was wrong, Taylor made another U-turn, following after the boy. He said that when he got to him, the boy wanted to tell him what had happened, but Taylor wouldn’t hear of it.

“He wanted to talk about things, but I told him I wasn’t the person to tell,” Taylor said. “I told him to go to school, not go to class, but go directly to the principal and tell him exactly what happened.”

Confident that the boy would listen, Taylor made yet another U-turn, and called 911. Just as he was talking to dispatch, a Platte County Sheriff’s Deputy drove onto the scene. After Taylor described events, the deputy conducted a background check on Singh and learned that he was a registered sex offender: Singh had been convicted of indecent exposure in California years earlier.

Singh now sits in a Platte County jail cell.

Authorities initially placed Singh under a 20-hour hold, and late Tuesday it was announced he is being charged with third degree assault. He is being held in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

Taylor, an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, credits the scouts' youth training program with making him aware of the situation. He said the program trains all scoutmasters to recognize signs of abuse.

“We’re taught that if something doesn’t look right, just stop the situation and then worry about what’s going on. I saw something wasn’t right and I just stopped it.”

Taylor said that he isn’t a hero, however.

“(The boy) is the hero,” Taylor said. “What he did was very brave. He did what a proper adult asked him to do. He made the right choice.”

   
 

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