Story from ultra-leftist MSNBC of all places. (H/T Mara)
A man who rescued an 8-year-old girl who had been abducted by a stranger says he was “beyond scared” as he forced the alleged kidnapper to stop his truck and hand over the child.
At about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Victor Perez, 29, recognized the truck from media reports about the girl, who was taken while she played outside a home in Fresno, Calif., at 8:30 p.m. Monday.
He gave chase in his own vehicle and repeatedly tried to force the alleged kidnapper’s truck off the road. Eventually, Perez saw the girl’s head in the truck’s window.
“He kept getting away. He kept going round my truck. The last time I completely said, ‘Either he crashes into me or he stops.’ He stopped and pushed the little girl out,” he told NBC station KSEE 24 News.
After being forced out of the truck, the girl ran to safety.
“The first thing she told me, ‘I’m scared,’” Perez said. “She was shaking. I said, ‘You’re all right now.’”
[...]Perez told CNN that he saw a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the abduction — an older-model, reddish-brown Chevrolet with a white stripe on the side — as he stood outside his house talking with his cousin about the abduction early Tuesday.
“I thought, that could be the truck,” Perez told CNN Tuesday night.
“I had a split-second decision to decide to call 911 or go after it,” Perez told ABC News. “I decided to go after it while my cousin was dialing 911. I took a chance to go and ask a question to see if that was the man that we’re looking for.”
He got into his 1988 white Ford pickup, and began to follow. As he tried to cut off the truck, its driver reportedly told him, “I don’t have no time,” and claimed his battery was dying.”The second time I reached him, the way he acted — yes, I was, for a split second I was nervous until I saw the little girl and all fear was out the window after that,” Perez told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I didn’t have no fear. I wasn’t thinking of me no more. I was just thinking we need to get that little girl to safety,” he added. “I wasn’t going to give up. … I couldn’t give up.”
“I kept telling him, ‘That’s not your little girl.’ We argued. We exchanged words,” Perez told CNN, admitting that he had wondered whether the motorist had a gun. “I was beyond scared.”
“He was hiding her — like pushing her down. I thank God he put me here to help out that little girl — that’s for sure,” he added.
On the fourth attempt, he forced the vehicle to stop.
This man is a hero! We need to make a big deal out of him in order to encourage more men to be heroes.