Hero Pretends To Be 12-Year-Old Girl's Mom To Save Her From Kidnapper

A Good Samaritan stopped her car to rescue a 12-year-old girl from her would-be kidnapper.

Santa Ana, CA – A Good Samaritan thwarted a kidnapping attempt by claiming the child as her own on Wednesday morning.

Twelve-year-old Amy Martinez was walking to Lathrop Intermediate School in Santa Ana at about 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 21 when a woman came up behind her and put her in a bear hug and then started walking her away, KTLA reported.

Amy said she screamed for help.

"She told me in Spanish not to cry, but I wasn’t even crying," she said.

Police said that was when a woman driving down the street saw what was happening.

“She sees our suspect, who has our 12-year-old victim in a one-armed bear hug, dragging her down the street,” Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna told KTLA.

The Good Samaritan had just dropped her own child off at school, and police said she quickly developed a plan to help the little girl.

Cpl. Bertagna said that in her mind, she had five seconds to come up with something to save this child,

The woman pulled up beside Amy and her would-be kidnapper, and told her that Amy was her daughter, and to let the girl go, KTLA reported.

"I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, I'm going to live,'" the girl said.

The Good Samaritan rescued the 12 year old, and gave her a ride to school, where they called police.

“I want to say thank you for saving my life, and you’re my hero,” Amy sent a message to her rescuer via KTLA.

Amy’s mom told the Orange County Register she was stunned when the school called and told her about her daughter’s close call.

“I have no way to describe how I felt when the principal told me,” Sandra Martinez said. “You don’t expect it to happen to you and when it does you don’t know how to react.”

The mother said she’s was happy the Good Samaritan saved Amy, but was perplexed that nobody else stopped to help the little girl who was obviously in distress.

“I’m glad she was there at the right time and the right spot,” she said. “But other people were seeing my daughter struggle and kicking and didn’t do anything. I’m just shocked.”

Police were able to locate the suspect, and took 34-year-old Claudia Hernandez Diaz into custody.

Hernandez was booked into Santa Ana City Jail on suspicion of kidnapping a child under the age of 14, the Orange County Register reported.

Comments (15)
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bronx163
bronx163

Great job.

bronx163
bronx163

But again if that mom had an ability to be arm she could of held that perp ar bay. But calf is its own country now.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

In Ca. everyone has a right to kidnap children, to sell.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@davidebrwn
False.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

it was sarcasm you twit

drag
drag

god bless you

dirtsifter
dirtsifter

So is the photo on the left the hero or the perp?

K9loverheart
K9loverheart

That was funny

K9loverheart
K9loverheart

I wonder what the perp was planning to do with this young lady. Thank God I don’t have any shorties in school today. I would walk them to the door if I did. They certainly wouldn’t be walking by themselves in this day and age. Wow.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Thank God this woman saw and acted! Who knows what that woman was going to do with this child.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Way to step up Good Samaritan, you’re a hero saving a child and putting your life in harms way, you never knew if said kidnapper had a weapon. I’ve been in Santa Ana California it’s a shithole full of illegals and scum of the earth. Again I’m thankful for the Good Samaritan.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Dead giveaway part 2?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@davidebrwn
It was also a lie.

Conwol
Conwol

Re: Davidebrwn.
I know what you are saying. I have been saying for over a year, that California should cut itself off from the USA, and just become part of Mexico.