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Police: Kidnapper thwarted by alert neighbor

Published: Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 9:45 a.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a suspected kidnapper was thwarted by a man who witnessed a 6-year-old girl being pushed into a van and then quickly alerted authorities.

Albuquerque police officer Robert Gibbs tells KRQE that suspect Phil Garcia tried to coax the girl into a green van late Monday afternoon before pushing her into the vehicle.

Gibbs says an alert neighbor, who was not identified, got into his own car and began following the van while also calling 911.

According to Gibbs, Garcia noticed he was being followed and tried lose the car but instead crashed about a mile and a half from where the girl was taken.

The neighbor was able to safely pull the girl from the van. Gibbs says police arrived moments later and arrested Garcia.

The neighbor reportedly told police he acted on instinct.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

People like Phil Garcia should be given the death penalty for kidnapping . Society is by far too tolerant toward this element of human trash .

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Thats a fact Stan, why have a trial, instant death when caught in the act....

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3mommaof2(25 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Stan, I agree!!! Seriously, what intentions do the police think this man had in kidnapping this girl...nothing good, that's for damn sure. Thank goodness for the alert neighbor...Thank goodness he decided to do the right thing and follow this sick S.O.B and Thank goodness the child was recovered with minor trauma. I wish all of these cases would have the same "happy" ending.

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Here is a fine example of a good neighbor taking action against a hideous crime. This is what we, as neighbors and good citizens should be doing to prevent crimes against society. There is strength in numbers and if those numbers are eyes and ears everywhere, one man against many does not stand a chance.

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5DwightK(1520 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

That neighbor is a hero.

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