Man heroically chases down hijacked car, fights robber to save baby

Man heroically chases down hijacked car, fights robber to save baby

A US father instinctively risked his life to save a child who was caught in the middle of a hijacking which appeared to have gone wrong.

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Ernaldo Varela noticed commotion on the streets and asked a bystander what was happening. When he heard that a man had hijacked a car with a baby inside, his paternal instinct kicked in and he immediately took action, chasing down the vehicle, Briefly.co.za found.

The vehicle belonged to an elderly man who was out with his 2-year-old granddaughter. The man was approached by a woman, Cynthia Gracia, 25, who asked him for money, reported Liftable.

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At that moment, Gracia’s boyfriend, Joe Velazquez, 26, jumped into the car and drove off with the young child. He abandoned the vehicle a few streets away.

In hot pursuit, Valera caught up to Velazquez, who swung a knife at him, cutting his hand. Varela managed to hold the suspect down until the police arrived on scene.

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Velazquez and Gracia were both arrested and are facing charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault.

While Velazquez was making a run for it, Gracia had hidden in a home nearby. A 14-year-old who lived in the house caught her and pinned her to the floor until police arrived.

Valera needed seven stitches in his fingers.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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