Little did he know that an Amber Alert had been broadcast in search of the girl, who was kidnapped the day before from her kindergarten class at Bryant Elementary in West Philadelphia by a woman wearing Muslim clothing.
Authorities believe that Regusters, 21, was the woman underneath the garb who took the girl to a Cobbs Creek house and physically abused her. Regusters is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and other crimes.
The trial began Monday with opening arguments and a slew of witnesses called by the prosecution. On Wednesday, the girl testified about what she could remember to a packed courtroom.
Myers recalled he covered the girl, whose name is being withheld by the Daily News because she is a victim of a sexual assault, with his coat and hoodie.
"She said she was cold and she had to go to the bathroom," he testified. Later, "she said somebody stole her," he said.
The girl told him "she had run from somewhere," he said. "Someone was chasing her." When he heard that, Myers called 9-1-1.
Prosecutor Erin O'Brien played the 9-1-1 recording in court, a back and forth involving a dispatcher, Myers and the girl.
Myers says in the recording that he's found a "little girl with nothing on but her shirt."
The dispatcher asks Myers her age and he asks the girl, "How old are you?" She answers "5." The dispatcher asks Myers if she's hurt and Myers asks the child, "Are you hurt?" The voice says, "Yes."
The two adults ask where she's hurt and the girl says something and then, "I'm scared that I'm never going to find my way home!"
The girl's father testified yesterday as well as the paramedic who attended to the girl and various law-enforcement officials.