A mother of a 4-year-old in New Mexico chased down her child's abductor and rammed him with her car after a seven-mile pursuit, leading to the safe return of her daughter and the arrest of the suspect.
The young girl was playing in front of her home in Albuquerque's North Valley at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, when a stranger picked her up and drove off. A group of teenagers, who saw the abduction, then went to tell Melissa Torrez, the mother of the little girl.
The family called 911 immediately, but Torrez jumped into her car and began chasing after the kidnapper. After a seven-mile chase, during which Torrez was in contact with the Albuquerque Police Department, Torrez lost control of her car and crashed into the suspect's, who then fled on foot.
"I don't ever want to lose my kids," Torrez, a mother of three, told KOAT-TV.
After jumping out of her car, Torrez found an empty baby car seat. The kidnapper had pushed the little girl out of the car right at the beginning of the chase. She was found later wandering nearby her home, uninjured.
"I was like...what a sick man," Torrez told the TV station.
Police have arrested a suspect, David Hernandez, who called into the police after seeing his photograph on television. He was charged with the kidnapping, but is claiming he is innocent.