Twelve-year-old Amy Martinez was walking towards her school when a woman suddenly ran from across the street, grabbed her, and tried dragging her away. “I thought that I was never going to see my mom or my family again,” said Amy after she was rescued from a kidnapping attempt.
Fortunately, a mother in a car who just dropped her child at school noticed how this woman appears to be forcing the girl to walk away.
“Amy was kind of struggling to get away, so then those were the signs that something wasn’t right,” said the woman who saved Amy.
Relying on her maternal instinct, the woman on the car immediately pulled over and asked Amy if she was okay and the girl said no.
As soon as she was certain that something was indeed amiss, the woman confronted the suspect and commandingly asked her to let the child go.
“I was basically yelling, ‘Let her go,’ so as soon as my voice changed, she let her go and Amy walked into my car,” said the woman who helped the 12-year-old. She then called the police and reported the incident.
Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department commended the woman for her quick thinking and vigilance.
“She said she had, in her mind, had five seconds to come up with something to save this child,” the police officer said. “She tells the suspect that she’s the child’s mother and she wants the child back.”
Amy’s aunt, Cinthia Esparza, was relieved that somebody took notice and had the courage to help her niece in such a terrible situation.
“It’s a place where there’s a lot of cars and not one stopped until this lady came, in our eyes, she’s our angel,” Cinthia said.
Claudia Hernandez was soon after arrested for the kidnapping attempt, thanks to the good Samaritan who said she would definitely do the same thing over again if need be.
“You’re a parent, you see somebody else’s child in danger, automatically you react as if it was yours,” she said.