ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An 8-year-old girl took the stand Tuesday to testify against the man accused of abducting her from a southwest Albuquerque mobile home park in August 2011.
Philip Garcia , 31, is the alleged kidnapper captured after he crashed his van while being pursued by the girl's neighbors.
She was just 6-years-old when she says she was kidnapped from a sidewalk while walking home from a neighbor's house with tostada shells.
She told the jury how a man suddenly grabbed her and shoved her in his van, telling her they were going to the park and to be quiet.
"He like covered my mouth so I wouldn't scream" she told the jury.
The girl then described how she was bruised by the man grabbing her and by being thrown about the van as her kidnapper crashed into a light pole while trying to flee. She also says she lost a fingernail and bled in the van.
Good Samaritan Antonio Diaz Chacón saved the girl after witnessing the kidnapping and chasing down the van.
Prosecutors say Garcia fled the scene then later returned claiming that he had been carjacked and hit over the head. Police say Garcia had blood on his clothes and a bite on his finger.
The girl told the jury that she had bitten her attacker while trying to get away.
Garcia's attorney did not question the girl and did not present and opening statement to the jury, so it's unclear what their defense strategy is.
The trial is expected to last several days.
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