With potential threats of violence from folks who become unhinged sadly becoming a too often occurrence, it’s not a bad idea to stay mentally sharp while in public. Remaining on guard and aware of what’s going on around you doesn’t hurt, especially if you see something or someone who catches your eye for all the wrong reasons.
A woman’s keen eye and quick intervention saved a little girl in Santa Ana, California from an alleged kidnapper. 12-year-old Amy Martinez is a student at Lathrop Intermediate School. Wednesday, February 21st was no different than any other day. Amy was on her way to school when a homeless woman approached her.
“She just came up to me and went like this,” Amy said, simulating a bear-hug. “And then she started walking with me away.”
How terrifying for that young girl. Amy screamed for help.
“She told me in Spanish not to cry, but I wasn’t even crying,” she said.
A good Samaritan who hasn’t been identified just dropped their child off at school. This woman noticed what was going on and she devised a plan to intervene. The lady told the kidnapper she was Amy’s mother. She demanded the woman release the little girl.
Good on her word, the hero stranger took Amy to school. The police arrived soon after. They eventually arrested Claudia Hernandez Diaz. Amy considers the woman who saved her life her hero.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to live,'” the girl said.
This situation could have ended much worse for Amy. Thanks to this stranger, she’s safe and out of harm’s way.