A mother from Queens, in New York City, is being hailed a hero after successfully saving her son from a failed kidnapping attempt on Thursday night.
In a video shared by the New York Police Department, Dolores Diaz can be seen walking down Richmond Hill near the corner of Hillside and Myrtle avenues with her three children.
It has been reported that Dolores was taking the children to visit their father at work when a man jumped out of a parked car, ran towards them, and quickly snatched Jacob, the 5-year-old boy.
The suspects trying to kidnap 5-year-old Jacob Diaz | Photo: Twitter.com/NYPDnews
FAMILY TO THE RESCUE
The man is then seen rushing back towards the car with the child in his arms, passing him to an accomplice that was sitting in the front passenger seat and closing the door.
As this happens, Dolores and the boy's siblings run to the car, and the mother, seeing the front window open, wrestled with the other criminal in order to save her son.
After a few seconds, the 45-year-old was able to get ahold of Jacob and pulled him out of the car as the kidnappers sped off, heading southbound on Hillside Avenue and then making a turn on Jamaica Avenue.
Footage of the incident was caught by a CCTV system, and, luckily, both perpetrators were caught on camera walking side-by-side a few minutes earlier.
THE SUSPECTS' DESCRIPTIONS
The man who grabbed Jacob was described by the police as being in his 30s, having a goatee, tattoos on his right arm, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, gray shorts, and dark sneakers.
The accomplice was described as being between 50 and 60 years old, bald, and with glasses. He was wearing a bright orange shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.
Dolores Diaz, the 45-year-old mother who saved her 5-year-old son Jacob from being kidnapped in Queens, New York City | Photo: ABC 7 News
Shortly after the images started circulating, the New York police were able to identify the main kidnapper as 24-year-old James McGonagle, from Queens.
The man is currently in custody and has been charged with attempted kidnapping, acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17, and reckless endangerment.
The older suspect is still at large, and anyone with a possible lead or information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the proper authorities.
OUTSMARTED BY THE VICTIM
Jacob was lucky his family was around, but a girl by the name of Alyssa Bonal didn't have such luck. However, she was brave and smart enough to fight and help the police arrest her kidnapper.
The 11-year-old was waiting for her school bus when a man named Jared Stanga approached her with a knife and tried to get her into his car, but Bonal fought him back.
Not only that, but she was smart enough to smear some of the blue slime she was playing with moments earlier so police could later identify him. According to her mother, she learned it all from watching "Law & Order."
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