Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Real Heroes - Victor Perez

Nominator: Fresno Police Department

On Monday, October 4, 2010 a little 9 year old girl was playing in front of her home with other children when a man drove up in a truck, lured her inside and kidnapped her. Within minutes of her abduction, a statewide Amber Alert was issued and like thousands of people, Victor Perez saw the description of the truck on the news that evening. Victor paid particular attention to the information since the young girl lived down the street.

Early the next morning, Perez got in his truck to search the neighborhood for that truck. He drove only a few blocks before spotting something that caught his eye: it was a truck, very similar to the one he saw just a few hours before on the news. Perez immediately pulled alongside the truck and attempted to talk to the driver, who told him he was having mechanical trouble and couldn’t pull over. This seemed odd to Perez, so he again pulled alongside and asked the driver to pull over. Perez told the driver he should call police because they were looking for a truck just like his.

Now agitated, the driver sped away. Perez became even more suspicious and was determined to get the driver to pull over. Perez positioned his truck in front of the suspect’s truck; however, the suspect maneuvered around it and drove off.

As Perez pulled up to the truck again, a little girl’s head popped up and Perez immediately knew he had been following the suspect vehicle and the little girl inside was the kidnapping victim. Perez sped up and boxed in the suspect’s truck. Perez yelled at the suspect to stop and the suspect pushed the victim out of the vehicle. Perez jumped out of his truck, ran to the aid of the victim, called police and stayed with the victim until police arrived.

The suspect was caught a short time later and now faces several charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

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