New Mexico Man Rescues 6-Year-Old Girl from Suspected Kidnapper

In the wake of a number of recent headlines about missing children, an inspiring story out of New Mexico tells how a neighbor rescued a 6-year-old girl who had been taken by a suspected kidnapper.  CNN.com reports:

Antonio Diaz Chacon noticed a commotion when a man grabbed the girl at a mobile home park in southwest Albuquerque.

Chacon saw the man, later identified as Phillip Garcia, cover her mouth and place her in a blue van, according to an Albuquerque police report.

“We heard a man going, ‘Hey, hey, let her go,’” his wife, Martha Diaz, told a 911 dispatcher. “The man came running to us. He said, ‘They stole our little girl.’”

“My husband went after him,” she said.

Chacon chased the van for several miles before Garcia crashed into a light pole and fled on foot, allowing him to rescue the girl and return her home, police said.

Garcia later returned to the van, police said. He fled down the roadway and got stuck on a mesa before being apprehended, police said.

Garcia has been charged with kidnapping, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

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  1. by Reuel Smirh

    On August 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Thank God. I’m glad this case ended well.

  2. by Lily

    On August 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    What a heroic person! Most people these days would leave it up to the law to help. This story warms my heart.

  3. by Appreciative

    On October 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    This guy’s a hero.

  4. by Heart Supplement

    On October 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Super post it is definitely. I�ve been seeking for this tips.

  5. by jo

    On October 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    now THIS is a man, and a hero. GOD BLESS HIM and may the child abuser be punished for his crimes, the sick bastid

  6. by Ramiro Guzman

    On November 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    …Uhm..great story..heartwarming, fuzzy and all…BUT..the rest of the story is that our hero turned out to be illegally in the US and currently is facing deportation proceedings and in jail..so much for being a good samaritan…

  7. by norm

    On November 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Not surprised he was an illegal, Americans hate each other.

  8. by MARTINEZ

    On December 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Yes, I do agree that this man did a great thing in saving this child. It is unfortunate to hear the negative aspect of his illegal status, from such a positive action.
    But I have to say, the man risked his own life when going after the kidnapper to help save the child, possibly knowing that his illegal status would be known by all. Yet, he still chased the kidnapper.

  9. by Lou

    On December 22, 2011 at 3:28 am

    So, considering his heroic actions, maybe in this case, he could be granted legal status. He risked revealing his illegal entry by rescuing this child. Give him a job, and consider it done.

  10. by Clyde

    On December 26, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Do you like Bon Iver?

  11. by kayla

    On December 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

    This is really a amazing story that man so rocks

  12. by LG

    On December 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    He deserves a “guest worker” card and a reward. Dont penalize him for being brave enough to do the right thing.
    LG
    Dallas, Tx

  13. by bumpkin

    On January 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    You goofballs! Two wrongs do NOT make a ‘right’! He will get his reward in Heaven for saving the child. He still needs to be straightened out over coming here illegally, and be made to get in line and earn his right to come here. Yes, he is a hero, and a model for how to help the unfortunate, and I HOPE his rescue will give him big points when they review his attempt at LEGAL entry into the USA, so that he will be allowed to become an American Citizen. Dont pretend that one act of heroism is enough to cover your crimes. That is just stupid.

  14. by JIGGLEJAGGLE

    On January 2, 2012 at 4:33 am

    “by norm
    On November 6, 2011 at 10:19 am
    Not surprised he was an illegal, Americans hate each other.”—–Huh?????

  15. by Robyn

    On January 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I don’t care if he was an illegal or not. He very well saved the life of that child! Give him his damn green card and leave him alone. Thank God he was brave enough to risk his life for this child! I can bet this childs parents don’t care if he is here illegally. I bet they are thanking God this man was here. Bc if he wasn’t it’s very likely their daughter would be dead!

  16. by Robyn

    On January 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I don’t care if he was an illegal or not. He very well saved the life of that child! Give him his damn green card and leave him alone. Thank God he was brave enough to risk his life for this child! I can bet this childs parents don’t care if he is here illegally. I bet they are thanking God this man was here. Bc if he wasn’t it’s very likely their daughter would be dead!

  17. by Really

    On January 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

    “He will get his reward in Heaven”?

    Bwahahahaha. Wait, what if he doesn’t practice your brand of Christianity?

    “Don’t pretend that one act of herosism is enough to cover your crimes. That is just stupid.”

    Bwahahahahaha. But, believing that this life is just a dress rehearsal for an imaginary life is the height of intelligence. Believing that the torture murder of a mangod that was the byproduct of ecclesiastical rape is enough to cover your crimes is the height of intelligence.

    Man, Christians crack me up. Bwahahahahahahaha.

  18. by dionisio

    On January 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

    bumpkin, … yu need to go bakk to thaa “cuntry” & stay there until yu learn sum-thing about morals/ethics/common sense.
    yesssireeebillybobthornton thinkz so too.

  19. by Barry

    On January 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

    what is the reject statement…two wrongs dont make a right????…this isnt a mathmatical equation….he just saved someone’s life!!!!! and people are worried about his status….they need to be deported for coming up with this reject attitude…we need to deport these blooming idiots out of america to rid america of this political disease and grant legal status to people who are working hard and saving lives…..how in the world can a man save the live of a child and some clown comes on here worrying about some status…..people think…for once in your lives …..i know its hard for u but think about what your saying

  20. by kathryn king

    On February 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wow some you you are real pieces of work. We are all the same and there is bad everywhere. If talking about citizen status and religion makes you feel better that you were not touched by this great act of kindness thats good for your dumba**. The way I see it when you got off the subject of the beautiful act of saving this child you proved to me you only want to be a negative force. God does have a place in heaven for this man and it is so far above your place in hell that he will never feel the fires that will burn your eternal soul. I was moved by this story and it does prove there is good people that love and give back what they can!

  21. by Mark teh Cynic

    On February 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

    No doubt in my mind that Mr. Chacon deserves a medal and his willingness to respond to help is a credit to him, especially in this day and age of bystanders afraid to get involved.

    My fear however is that Mr. Garcia (who deserves a long stretch in prison’s general population)will be hiring a lawyer to sue Mr. Chacon and the girl’s parents for infliction of emotional distress and reckless endangerment. Surely given Garcia’s emotional syndrome he can’t be held responsible for his actions and Chacon’s reckless pursuit led to wrecking Garcia’s van hindering his ability to continue to explore his emotional needs.

  22. by Jack

    On February 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    A hero joins the ranks of those who did their duty to save a baby. A true hero.

  23. by Km

    On February 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, what a happy ending, girl saved and scumbag jailed.

  24. by sk

    On March 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

    wow cant believe anyone in there right mind would ever worry about this mans immigration statues.he is a hero and role model for all people.if your child was being kidnapped wouldnt u want someone like him to be there to notice and act?

  25. by John

    On March 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Illegal or not, this man did the right thing. THIS is the kind of immigrant I personally welcome to our country.

  26. by Julie

    On March 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    @Kathryn King – Wow. So, because people are upset about his citizenship, they are going to forever burn in hell? How very Christian of you. I also thought it was lame of people to gripe about him being an illegal, but I am even more taken back by your hateful, judgmental comment.

  27. by chris secret

    On March 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    as a native american i instruct all caucasian people to go back to europe and let my brothers from the place you decided to call mexico to come on up so we can have a picnic and show respect to mother earth and thank her for the riches she bestows upon us oh btw take your book that was written to control the masses back with you
    your pale skin has been an infection on this continent long enough and your ideas have done nothing but cause suffering to the people who have populated this continent a lot longer than you

  28. by Andy

    On May 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

    chris secret. I’d like to let you in on a little secret; Native Americans originated in Asia. Your forefathers are also immigrants from overseas. And of course Mexicans are part Spanish. So, that means you need to come with us. If we go, you go.

  29. by djebrod

    On July 15, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Andy Native Americans originated in Asia but were here first…