ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - There were tears, panic and finally relief for the family of the 4-year-old girl briefly abducted Wednesday night.
It was a kidnapping that had police and parents across the city on edge. As police looked for suspect David Jesus Hernandez , the family of the victim was reliving the moment at the apartment complex where it all began in northwest Albuquerque.
The aunt said it happened so fast. She did not want to be identified in case the suspect or others associated with him were out for revenge.
"She was just walking her bike," the aunt said. "She had no clue he was just going to pull up next to her and grab her and put her in the car."
That's when the aunt said some older kids rushed into the family's front door yelling the girl was gone.
The girl's mom jumped in her car and began chasing the suspect as he drove through the apartment complex.
"I just thought, I'm not going to wait at my apartment for them to say, we still haven't found her," mother Melissa Torrez said. "I'm going to look for that car and follow it."
"I was going fast because I could see the dirt fly from his and I knew I was going fast too," she said.
Nobody realized the kidnapper had kicked the little girl out of the car until the aunt, who also called police, saw her niece's face full of tears walking back home.
"She was crying ‘some man took me he put me in his car," the aunt said. "I cried right away. I was so worried."
She said the girl was grabbing at her wrists as she walked into the home.
"She pointed to her wrists," the aunt said. "Her wrists were hurting because he grabbed her really hard by her wrists."
The aunt said her niece told her the man who took her threw her in the front seat of his car. She also said he had a child car seat in the back.
"He's a bad man. He shouldn't be out on the streets," the aunt said.
Seven miles away the girl's mom had just slammed into the suspect's car thinking her daughter was still inside.
Now the family is reunited - and safe at home.
"I just hope he thinks about what he does," Torrez said. "They're just little kids. They don't know. I'm just happy my daughter's home."
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