Parents are on guard after a horrifying story emerged out of a Florida Walmart, where a mother and her 8-year-old daughter were approached by a man. His single disturbing question left the mom and her little girl crying for help from security.
Tracy Nigh was sitting on a bench with her child at a Walmart in Port Orange, Florida. They were approached by an elderly man who struck up a conversation with the mother-daughter duo. “It seemed like a friendly conversation,” Tracy recalled. “He didn’t seem like a threat at first.” That was all about to change with one question.
The man, later identified as 81-year-old Hellmuth Kolb, had a disturbing proposition for Tracy. After the talk turned personal, as Kolb asked whether Tracy was married, he left her floored by another question. He wanted to know whether the mother was willing to sell her daughter to him in exchange for money.
Shockingly, he repeatedly pressured the mother to put a price on her little girl. “The first amount was $100,000, the second amount was $150,000, and then, the final amount was $200,000,” a shocked Tracy said. “I then said, ‘No, we have to go.'”
Unfortunately, things only got worse from there. “I think what was going through my mind was, ‘What was going to happen here?’ and I just need to get her away as quickly as possible,” Tracy said, according to Click Orlando. As Tracy and her daughter were about to walk away, Kolb grabbed the 8-year-old’s arm, pulling her toward him, before kissing her on the wrist.
After pulling her daughter back and freeing her from the man’s clutches, a terrified Tracy notified Walmart security, and the police were called. Luckily, the incident was caught on store surveillance video, showing Kolb grab the victim and forcibly restrain her against her will.
The police were then able to identify the elderly predator based on a recent credit card transaction, according to CBS News. Disturbingly, this might not have been the first time Kolb had tried something like this. In fact, another woman had posted on social media about a similar experience with a man matching Kolb’s description. Tracy also took to social media to share the troubling chain of events and alert others.
“Shook, rocked and shocked to the core,” Tracy wrote in a post on Facebook about the experience. “A man at the Port Orange Walmart offered me 200k for my child today,” she added. “Grabbed her by the arm and kissed her wrist. My 8-year-old little girl!!!! We are pressing charges,” she revealed.
Then, the shaken mother issued a warning to all others: “Be careful out there women and men with your daughters, wives and the all the women in your life, please!” Further describing the chain of events, Tracy continued, “He asked me where my husband is and laughed after I told him he’s at work.”
Hellmuth Kolb was arrested, charged with false imprisonment and battery for grabbing and holding the girl against her will, and booked at the Volusia County Jail the following day. However, much to the mother’s dismay, he was released after posting bond.
A reporter visited his home after he bonded out. In a brief interview, he said he did not know why he was in court in the first place as his wife stood behind him. Pulling Kolb away from the door, she then shut it on the news crew, ABC 7 reported. The unusual exchange is seen in the news report below.
Although Hellmuth Kolb’s intentions are unknown, and in America, you are innocent until proven guilty, child trafficking has become a real threat in our country. So, regardless of his intentions, let this serve as a reminder that there are monsters among us.
In the blink of an eye, someone can grab your child. Thank God this mom was there to grab back or this story could have had a much more disturbing ending. Let this serve as a warning to the rest of us to stay vigilant. The safety of our children depends on it.