ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Residents in the neighborhood where the manhunt for a child abductor took place Wednesday night are describing a string of close calls.
Many witnesses say they saw the man police believe to be David Jesus Hernandez running through the neighborhood shortly after the kidnap victim's worried mom crashed into the kidnapper's car.
The kidnapper eluded capture, but Hernandez was charged with kidnapping Thursday after surrendering to police in Rio Rancho.
One man says the suspect spoke to his 12-year-old son before jumping a fence. He says the suspect asked his son to keep quiet.
"Now, you can look around and there is nobody around. They are trying to keep their kids inside," said a maintenance worker at a nearby apartment complex.
The southeast Albuquerque neighborhood was quiet Thursday morning. A much different scene compared to the chaos unfolding Wednesday as police swarmed the area looking for a kidnapping suspect on the run.
Even before police showed up last night, some knew something was wrong.
The apartment maintenance worker says he was outside trimming the hedges when he saw someone run by.
"We knew something was up because when he came around the corner, he was moving pretty fast," he said. "Then, when he ran into us, he stopped. Then, he took off running again. We kind of spooked him because he ran up on us."
He says he thinks it was the kidnapping suspect.
Then Vince Rodriguez says he and his 12-year-old son were out in front of their apartment. Rodriguez says the man ran to a corner to jump the fence.
"My black Chihuahua dog chased the guy," Rodriguez said.
And his son chased after the dog.
"My son got the dog and he told my son, ‘Do not tell the cops where I went.' Then my son came back and said, ‘Dad, I don't know what happened,'" Rodriguez said.
One look at a picture of Hernandez, the man charged with the kidnapping, and Rodriguez said that is the guy.
Even with him in custody, residents say they are being extra careful.
"I have a little girl as well, and I can never let her out of my sight because you never know what's going to happen and, oh my God, it is just scary," Nayeli Alvarez said.
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