ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Would-be kidnapper David Jesus Hernandez is in custody after a New Mexico mother, alerted by a group of teenagers that he’d just taken her 4-year-old daughter, chased the man down, ramming his vehicle with her own.
The woman, who wasn’t identified, apparently didn’t know that the 31-year-old kidnapper had shoved the girl out of the car before the chase began.
“Albuquerque police Chief Ray Schultz said neighbors began yelling, which is what made the suspect push the child out of his car,” KOAT TV reported.
KQRE reported that the mother was in contact with Albuquerque police during the hot-civilian-pursuit, which started shortly after six p.m. on Indian School Rd, near the family’s apartment.
The chase lasted all the way through the North Valley and finished in the Southeast Heights, when the feisty mom went all Grand-Child-Theft-Auto on Hernandez, and slammed her car into his. Hernandez abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.
Police launched a manhunt which included more than two dozen officers going door-to-door in efforts to locate Hernandez, as well as a helicopter equipped with heat-seeking capabilities. They caught up with Hernandez, who’d run off to a nearby apartment complex, on Thursday, according to police reports.
A spokesperson for the Albuquerque police said that the mother was not injured in the crash. Her daughter was also uninjured.
Detectives are now investigating a possible connection to an earlier case in which a man in a silver or gray vehicle abducted and sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl from the same apartment complex.
David Jesus Hernandez has been charged with kidnapping and was being held by police. No bond has yet been set.