The California man who helped rescue an 8-year-old girl abducted outside her Fresno home says he is grateful he was able to intervene, but doesn’t feel he did anything out of the ordinary. “I thank God that he put me here to help out that little girl, that’s for sure,” said Victor Perez, the man police are now hailing as a “good Samaritan” and a “hero.”
The girl was abducted in front of her Fresno home Monday night. A statewide Amber Alert was issued after the abduction. Perez, a 29-year-old local grape picker and father of two who had decided not to go to work because of inclement weather, had heard the Amber Alert and spotted a suspect vehicle around 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
When driving that day, Perez saw the truck from the Amber Alert, followed him and cut him off of the road. “I thought, that could be the truck,” Perez said. Perez did not initially see the girl inside the vehicle, but decided to pursue it and eventually saw the child stick her head up. “I kept telling him, ‘That’s not your little girl!’ ” Perez said. “We argued. We exchanged words.” Perez said it took him several attempts to cut off the suspect vehicle, but when he finally managed to block it, the suspect pushed the child out of the vehicle.
“When she was dropped off, I just stayed with her, and the guy took off.” The girl was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and reunited with her mother. Less than an hour after the rescue, the California Highway Patrol arrested the perpetrator.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told “The Early Show” that Perez is a hero whose intervention probably saved the girl’s life. Perez, however, is modest about his involvement in the ordeal and thanks a higher power for placing him in the right place at the right time. “I just felt like I was doing my part…I just felt like everybody should step up in their own communities and when something like this happens, come together and try to do your part to help out,” Perez said. “And, you know, I just thank that God I was put in the right situation to do what I did. Thank the man above for that.”