UPDATE: Our new local hero — Victor Perez is his full name, we now know — made the top of CNN.com this evening. Here’s the story from his perspective. Perez is destined to be on “The Today Show” or “Good Morning America” soon.
ORIGINAL POST: By now, you’ve probably heard about the 8-year-old girl, who was kidnapped last night from the front of her home. Thankfully, she was found this morning, and safely returned to her mother.
The latest from The Bee is that the suspected kidnapper, a 24-year-old named Gregorio Gonzalez, has been arrested. But perhaps the most riveting part of the story is how a good Samaritan helped the little girl escape.
[the girl] bolted from the kidnapper’s pickup truck early this morning after the pickup was cut off and stopped by a driver who had recognized the truck from television reports. [Police Chief Jerry] Dyer said the “good Samaritan” had followed the pickup, then cut it off after he saw the little girl’s head pop up in a window.
We still don’t know exactly who this heroic guy is — KMJ says his name is Victor — but he deserves a virtual pat on the back from all of us.
*Note: We’ve removed the girl’s name from this post, keeping with The Bee’s policy of not naming children who are victims of crimes.