Two days ago, an 8-year-old girl was kidnapped from her backyard in Fresno, fulfilling every parent’s worst nightmare. But what might have become another pixilated face on a milk carton became Victor Perez’s hero moment.
Perez—an unemployed carpenter and father of two—had just been watching the news broadcast about the abduction when he spotted what looked like the kidnapper’s truck, pulling a u-turn outside his window.
“I thought, that could be the truck,” said Perez who dashed out the door on a hunch and gave chase in his 1988 Ford pickup.
After driving close to the vehicle and trying to ask the driver questions, Perez got a brief glimpse of the abducted girl in the window, which confirmed his suspicions.
“I made eye contact with her. And that’s when I wasn’t scared anymore,” Perez said. “I won’t kid you, until then I’d thought ‘Does this guy have a gun?’ But once I met her eyes, I just thought ‘I’ve got to get that little girl out of there.’”
He then cut the truck off and the kidnapper stopped, pushed the girl out of the truck and sped away. The kidnapper was later arrested by local police and the girl was returned to her parents.
“I’ve got kids out there and nephews and nieces and I wouldn’t want nobody to do this to my family,” said Perez. “I’m glad that God put me here.”