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Mom in N.M. chases down child abductor; man arrested

Albuquerque police officers search for a suspect who apparently kidnapped a five year old near Near Indian School Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2013.  The mother of the kidnapped victim chased the kidnapper to Southeast Albuquerque where she struck his car near the corner of Kathryn and Ortiz.  The man had pushed the girl out of the car shortly after grabbing her. The girl was not injured.  (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales)   Mandatory Credit

Albuquerque police officers search for a suspect who apparently kidnapped a five year old near Near Indian School Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2013. The mother of the kidnapped victim chased the kidnapper to Southeast Albuquerque where she struck his car near the corner of Kathryn and Ortiz. The man had pushed the girl out of the car shortly after grabbing her. The girl was not injured. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales) Mandatory Credit

A mother whose 4-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt and the arrest of the suspect, the Albuquerque, N.M., police said yesterday.

The young girl was playing in her yard at St. Anthony’s Plaza Apartments in Albuquerque about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when a group of teenagers saw the kidnapping and ran to alert the girl’s mother, the police said.

The family called 911 and the mother jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about 7 miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the silver Buick before fleeing the apartment complex, authorities said. The girl was found wandering nearby, uninjured, the police said.

According to the police, the mother, who has not been identified, followed the suspect and finally rammed into his car near an intersection. The suspect fled on foot, the police said.

The attempted kidnapping sparked a massive manhunt Wednesday as more than two dozen officers went door-to-door in the area looking for the suspect. A helicopter with heat-sensor cameras also was sent in for the search, authorities said.

The police arrested David Hernandez, 31, yesterday and charged him with kidnapping, the police said.

Kevin Abar, assistant
special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, confirmed that federal agents also helped the Albuquerque police with the investigation.

The Associated Press

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