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Baby Nearly Kidnapped In Upper Valley

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POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:36pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 10:22am

A baby was rescued from a man who allegedly tried to kidnap her in the Upper Valley.

Police said a group of landscape workers saw a 34-year-old man acting strange near the intersection of Turnstone and River Bend at about 1 p.m. Thursday.

They said the man showed a knife and made threats towards them.

The man moved on to a nearby home, where police said he took a one and a half year-old girl playing in her front yard and ran toward a canal.

"The workers saw this, took immediate action, followed this individual rescued the child and detained this individual for police,” said Javier Sambrano with the El Paso Police Department.

A neighbor ran outside to see what happened.

"I did go down to the ditch and the police already had the man restrained and he was laying on the ground naked. I don't know if he had been in the water or came out or what," said the neighbor.

He said several children live at the same house the little girl was taken from.

"Little kids play in the yard pretty often but I imagine the mother keeps an eye on them but i don't know."

Police said this could have ended much worse.

"The fortunate ending here is the fact the child was not injured and these citizens took immediate action and rescued this child. It could have been a very different situation if it wouldn't have been for the actions of these individuals," said Sambrano.

A neighbor we talked to has lived in this neighborhood for 30 years and said something like this is out of the ordinary.

"I'm kinda nervous because something like that has never happened in this neighborhood. It's always been a nice quiet neighborhood and I'm surprised that it happened across the street from us,” said the neighbor.

Police have not released the suspects name.

He faces multiple felony charges.

The little girl was reunited with her family.

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So before you decide to post a comment you should really consider that being a sicko, kidnapping child molester doesn’t mean you’re of a certain race…..they come in all colors including yours!

Mother 915 I know you said you don’t want to be racist but bottom line you are! The media has not released any information on the ethnicity of the kidnapper, how can you determine he’s from Mexico. And what of the landscapers???? Most of them are from Mexico or are Hispanic who are pursuing the American Dream and doing the jobs that Americans won’t do. (By the way I am American) where’s the praise in what they did? After all they saved the life of this baby girl.

There should not be a one and a half year old without a parent at arms reach. I am so glad the baby was rescued and brought home. I hardly even let my 3 and a half year old go outside with her 10 year old brother even though our house is fenced all the way around. There is no way I would have allowed a 1 year old outside without my husband or I within arms reach.

DISGUSTING BASTARD...PROSECUTE HIM.....HOW DARE HE TAKE A BABY FROM HER YARD...MOTHERS PLEASE BE ALERT WITH YOUR CHILDREN...THESE SICKOS DON"T CARE....VERY DANGEROUS AND SCARY.....GOB BLESS THE INNOCENT

TO ALL MOTHERS: PLEASE BE ALERT THESE SICKOS DON'T CARE...BE TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN. IT ONLY TAKES 1 SECOND...HOW DARE THESE BASTARD TAKE A TODDLER.HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY....PROSECUTE HIM GOVERNMENT.....I DON'T WANT TO BE RACIST BUT THEY ARE RENEWING AND HELPING MORE IMMIGRANTS FROM JUAREZ AND OUR CRIME HAS GONE UP AS WELL.THE MAJORITY OF IMMIGRANTS DON'T EVEN APPRECIATE THE AMERICAN DREAM AND STAND FOR THEIR HORRIBLE COUNTRY CALLED MEXICO.....THERE IS NO LAW THERE.....

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