The kidnapper was so overwhelmed by the unarmed woman's determination that he didn't move until the police arrived.
Sandra Ferguson, a teacher from California, thanks to her powers of observation and determination, saved a student from being kidnapped. She was driving her car to the school when she noticed that an 11-year-old schoolgirl was sitting in a car with an unfamiliar man. The man didn't look like anyone in the girl's family, and the child looked scared.
Sandra didn't waste a second. She cut and blocked a stranger's pickup truck with her car, jumped out and threw open the passenger door of his car.
"I asked her as gently as I could, "Honey, is that your daddy with you?" To which the girl murmured: “No, this is my friend.” I replied that this was definitely not her friend and insisted that she immediately get out of the car,” Sandra said in an interview with ABC7.
After that, the young woman ordered the stranger to stay put and called the police. Actually, he could only escape from the crime scene on foot, because Sandra's car was reliably interrupting his path.
Arriving police detained 51-year-old Santiago Salazar. He has been charged with attempted kidnapping and is currently awaiting trial. According to the police, that day he followed the girl going to school from her house. Near the school, he drove closer to the sidewalk, opened the passenger door and called her. Then he grabbed his hand and dragged him into the car.
Nobody saw the very moment of the kidnapping. And it is not known how it would have ended if not for Sandra's observation and courage. She had only to doubt the correctness of her fears or decide that this did not concern her, as in a few seconds the kidnapper would have taken the child away.
Schoolgirl's parents call Sandra Ferguson their guardian angel.
"She acted like a superhero, or like an angel who descended from heaven at the most dangerous moment," said the father of the rescued girl.