An Albuquerque, N.M., woman got into her own car and chased an alleged kidnapper for seven miles before ramming his vehicle after witnesses saw the woman's 4-year-old daughter abducted Wednesday evening.
Albuquerque police are currently searching for David Jesus Hernandez, 31, who was named Thursday as a person of interest in the case. Police say his physical description is similar to that of a man who briefly kidnapped a 6-year-old from the same apartment complex last week.
Police spokesperson Tasia Martinez told U.S. News that an "extensive" manhunt continues in the city, including undercover work. The Wednesday kidnapping, Martinez said, lasted only "moments."
The suspect shoved the little girl from his silver Buick near the apartment complex, Martinez said. It's unclear why he did this, she said. "Perhaps it was because teenagers saw and he knew they would tell," Martinez speculated.
The girl's mother, unaware that her daughter was released near the apartment complex, chased after the man while on the phone with police. He fled the scene of the car crash.
A manhunt on Wednesday was "hampered by false alarms of the abductor being found as officers instead discovered homeless people living in the shadows," KRQE-TV reports.
The kidnapping happened around 6:30 p.m. MDT. The names of the victim and her mother have not been publicly released.
Martinez told U.S. News the young victim in the possibly related case was found shortly after being "touched or molested" in a man's car. "In New Mexico, if you rape or sexually assault someone it's also considered to be a kidnapping," she explained. But information on last week's case is difficult to confirm. "We're relying on information from a 6-year-old," Martinez noted.
UPDATE (4:00 p.m. EDT): Hernandez “has been arrested and is in custody,” according to Martinez. “Kidnapping charges were filed.”
Corrected on : Updated 05/16/13: This article was updated to reflect Hernandez’s arrest.