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Good Samaritan saves 12-year-old girl from kidnapper by pretending to be her mother

Good Samaritan saves 12-year-old girl from kidnapper by pretending to be her mother



LOS ANGELES, Calif. (WSYX/WTTE) — A 12-year-old California girl is speaking for the first after a woman tried to grab her as she was walking to school.

According to KTLA, Amy Martinez, 12, was on her way to school when she said a woman grabbed her out of nowhere.

"She just came up to me and went like this. And then she started walking with me away," Martinez said.

Martinez told KTLA she was yelling for the woman to let her go, and she wouldn't let go.

She said shortly after that, a hero stranger came driving by.

The Santa Ana Police Chief said, "our Good Samaritan was driving south on Main Street after dropping her child off to school. She sees our suspect, who has our 12-year-old victim in a one-armed bear hug, dragging her down the street."

The Good Samaritan pulled over and came up with a little white lie to bring the situation to an end.

"She said she had, in her mind, had five seconds to come up with something to save this child. She tells the suspect that she's the child's mother and she wants the child back," Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna said.

Police arrested Claudia Hernandez Diaz for the attempted kidnapping.

Martinez said the woman who saved her drove her to school.

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