ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – After a day of police training and investigation, a 14-year-old girl has caught the suspect involved in the kidnapping of Fredbird, Rampage and Louie.
Jalisha apprehended the Rally Squirrel Thursday afternoon for holding hostage the St. Louis mascots.
Make-A-Wish Missouri helped organize the daylong event along with a number of City of St. Louis and St. Louis County officials. Jalisha has end-stage renal disease and dreamed of growing up to be a police officer.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar helped grant that wish.
She thought she was headed to the doctor for a regular appointment, but she was surprised by Make-A-Wish volunteers, media and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar with the news of becoming an officer.
She started off the day with a helicopter ride to the police academy where she received training in combat, weapons, K-9 training and other procedures. She also received a uniform and badge.
From there, she began her investigation of the into the hostage situation of the beloved St. Louis mascots, which lead her to the Edward Jones Dome, Scottrade Center, Ballpark Village and Busch Stadium.
Officer Jalisha found the mascots at the stadium, which is where she also found the Rally Squirrel.
In a "Scooby Doo" type twist, the Rally Squirrel was revealed to be Jim Hayes from Fox Sports Midwest.
Readers might remember a popular national story from earlier this year when San Francisco rallied around a young boy who wanted to be Batkid.
Check out raw video of Chief Belmar honoring Jalisha:
Her celebration doesn't end with the arrest. Officer Jalisha will attend a dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy with Chief Belmar and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
To follow all of Thursday's events, follow @MakeAWishMO or #OfficerJalisha on Twitter.