51-year-old man expected to plead guilty to abducting Fort Worth girl

UPDATE: According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Michael Webb elected not to plead guilty in court Wednesday morning despite filing papers signaling his intent to do so.


The man who kidnapped an 8-year-old girl in a Fort Worth neighborhood in May is expected to plead guilty to a federal kidnapping charge.

Federal court filings say under the plea agreement, 51-year-old Michael Webb could be sentenced from 20 years to life in prison.

The documents say Webb confessed to abducting the girl at random when she was walking with her mother on May 18.

A doorbell camera captured part of the kidnapping. The girl's mother fought with Webb but he ultimately pushed her out of his car and drove off.

The filing says after the abduction, Webb drove to a parking lot where he ordered the girl to hide in the front passenger floorboard. Then he drove to a hotel in Forest Hill where he admitted he assaulted her.

The whole time he traveled with the girl, his phone was connected to the internet so he could use Google Maps to find a hotel, the filing says.

Several hours later, Forest Hill police came to the hotel on a tip. They were allowed to look into the room but did not see the girl and left. Fort Worth police returned to the hotel later, found them both and arrested Webb.

The plea deal says if Webb is ever released from prison, he must register as a sex offender.

Webb, who has a long criminal history, also faces state charges of child sexual assault filed by Fort Worth police in the case.

No sentencing date for the plea deal has been set.