Baby Nearly Kidnapped In Upper Valley
POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:36pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 20, 2012 - 9:22am
EL PASO — 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.