An attentive neighbor saved an 11-year-old girl’s from being kidnapped and worse after he heard her screams and went out with a bat ready to face her aggressor. The man in question turned out to be a registered sex offender.
An 11-year-old was on her way to a Saturday program at a nearby middle school in Queens, New York, when a strange man tried to catch her attention from his car to offer her a ride.
She ignored him and kept walking, but the man followed her for a few blocks until he blocked her with his car. The girl tried to run away but, according to a neighbor’s account, she ran to a door that was closed, and the man trapped her there.
He then pulled the girl down by her bag and tried to push her into the back seat of his car.
“He literally had her sideways, and she’s fighting with him, he’s trying to put her in the car head first. She fought, she kicked, she screamed, she did everything, and she used her phone. She saved her own life; I didn’t. She did everything the right way I was just there to help her,” said Alexander Salas, one of the men who heard her screams and came out to help.
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Salas stated that she saw what was happening through his window and got out to the sidewalk with a bat on his hand, trying to catch the other man’s attention enough to see if the girl could escape.
Meanwhile, Salas’ wife called the police, who arrived a few minutes later and were able to apprehend the man, identified as 40-year-old Relyn Estrada.
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Salas described the situation as “nerve-wracking” and, visibly shaken by what he witnessed, he told CBS:
“God knows what he would have done — I mean, think about it… what if I didn’t help her?”
Police identified Estrada as a registered sex offender with 13 prior arrests on multiple charges, including sex abuse. In 2001, he allegedly attacked a woman in the same neighborhood.
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Footage of the arrest shows Estrada being led by officers to a patrol and making faces to the cameras, showing no signs of regret whatsoever. His mother allegedly told authorities that Estrada is mentally ill and has stopped taking his medicines.
He was charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment, weapons possession, endangering the welfare of a child, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and failure to report change of address as a sex offender.
The 11-year-old girl is safe and didn’t suffer any physical damages thanks to the quick action of Salas and other neighbors.
On a similar note, 8-year-old Malaiah Cole saved herself and her 3-year-old brother from getting kidnapped across the Mexico border by remembering to dial 911 on an emergency cell phone her father had given her.
Rodney Cole, the father, left the kids on the back seat of his car with the AC running while he went inside a store to get hair supplies for Malaiah. Then, a woman saw the car was running with kids inside, took the driver seat and drove away. She was heading to the U-S-Mexico border.
Cole realized what was happening and ran into the traffic trying to stop the car but couldn't. However, watching her desperate father through the windows, Malaiah remembered what he had told her about emergencies, and called 911 on her phone.
She told the operator that she and her brother were being kidnapped, and was able to give the location before the woman threatened her to give her the phone. Police were able to track down the location and arrested the woman before she crossed the border.
Malaiah's father said he couldn't be prouder of the brave, smart little girl.
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