Mom Rams Suspect's Car After Daughter Is Taken

5-year-old is safe; suspect is in custody
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2013 3:46 PM CDT
Mom Rams Suspect's Car After Daughter Is Taken

An amazing story out of Albuquerque, where police say a mother foiled the kidnapping of her young daughter by giving chase in her car. She eventually rammed the suspect's vehicle with her own. A suspect is in custody, and he matches the description of an assailant in a previous sexual assault on another local girl, reports the Albuquerque Journal. The tale began unfolding Wednesday evening, when witnesses saw a man force a 5-year-old girl into his car and drive off, reports NPR. Those witnesses ran to the girl's home and told her mother, who immediately got into her car and started chasing.

What she didn't know is that the abductor pushed her daughter out of the car after about a block, apparently rattled by people shouting at him. (The girl is fine.) The mom, talking to police by phone the whole time, eventually rammed the man's car after seven miles, and he escaped on foot. Police today arrested David Jesus Hernandez, 31, on kidnapping and abuse charges. A young girl from the same apartment complex was kidnapped and assaulted last week before escaping, and police say Hernandez matches the description of that assailant. (More kidnapping stories.)

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