Mom in NM chases down child abductor; girl safe

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a man suspected of abducting a 4-year-old girl, leading the child's mother to chase him down and crash her vehicle into his car, has been arrested.

Police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez says 31-year-old David Hernandez was charged Thursday with kidnapping. Hernandez was tracked down after a massive manhunt that began Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say the young girl was playing in her yard at St. Anthony's Plaza Apartments in Albuquerque's North Valley on Wednesday when a group of teenagers saw the kidnapping and ran to alert the girl's mother.

Police say the mother jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about seven miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the vehicle before fleeing the apartment complex.

It was not known if Hernandez had an attorney.