Victor Perez, 29, chased after a vehicle believed to be holding an abducted 8-year-old girl in Fresno, California.
Perez saw the television news coverage of the abduction, paid attention to the description of the suspect’s pick-up truck.
Perez, father of two boys, talked with his cousin about it. The cousins saw a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
“I thought, that could be the truck,” Perez explained to CNN Tuesday night.
He hopped into his 1988 white Ford pick-up and followed, tried to cut off the vehicle a few times to talk with the driver.
“I don’t have no time to talk. My battery is dying.” The driver insisted.
A second time Perez pulled close to the Chevy. He saw the little girl, head hidden below view and knew something wasn’t right.
“I kept telling him, ‘That’s not your little girl,'” Perez explained. “We argued. We exchanged words. I was beyond scared.”
The Chevy rode away, but Perez had a partial license plate number, which he gave to dispatchers- Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Police caught up with the truck, about 40 minutes later, and arrested Gregorio Gonzalez, 24, of Fresno. Charges will include kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual assault, Dyer informed. The suspect was not armed.