ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man charged with kidnapping a little girl Wednesday night was a familiar figure to some residents of her apartment complex who thought he lived there.
Instead David Jesus Hernandez's home was 11 miles away in southeast Albuquerque.
Hernandez, 31, the object of a massive manhunt , called Rio Rancho police Thursday saying he saw his picture on TV and wanted to straighten things out.
Police officers then picked him up at a Rio Rancho home.
He has since been charged with kidnapping and child abuse.
The drama Hernandez allegedly caused started about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Anthony Apartments in the 1700 block of Indian School Road NW.
A 4-year-old was walking her bike in the parking lot of the apartment complex was snatched. Several older boys saw what happened and told the girl's mother who quickly jumped in her car and started chasing the suspect.
The chase ended seven miles away when she rammed the suspect's car near San Mateo Boulevard SE and Kathryn Avenue. The suspect then took off on foot prompting a massive manhunt that locked down the neighborhood well into the night.
The woman apparently didn't know the kidnapper had shoved her daughter out of his car near the apartments just before she began her pursuit.
Residents of the apartment complex remained on edge wondering where the kidnapper lived.
They also told KRQE News 13 a little girl was snatched about a week ago, sexually assaulted and then returned to the area. Albuquerque police will only say they are looking into that claim, which was reported May 9.
It's not clear why the public was not warned of a possible predator at that time.
Some neighbors say they believe they've seen Hernandez almost every day at a nearby apartment and so they believe he may live there.
One resident, who said she's seen Hernandez, says she was stunned.
"Honestly I think its sick and anyone who tries to do that they shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets," she said.
The descriptions of the suspects and cars in both abductions are similar, and after the chase and crash on Thursday police now have Hernandez's car impounded.
KRQE News 13 has learned the car was partially registered to Hernandez and that his birth certificate was found inside.
Hernandez has a criminal background that includes some violent crimes but nothing like child abduction.
His rap sheet dates to 2002 when he was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
After that his crimes got more serious, and later that year he was charged with aggravated battery.
In 2006 he was charged with unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon and in 2008 with conspiracy to commit a felony, battery on a peace officer, shooting from or at a vehicle and tampering with evidence.
According to court records he later pleaded no contest to some of those charges and successfully completed his sentence. That was in 2011.
Police have identified a person-of-interest in the search for a man who kidnapped a 4-year-old girl Wednesday at an Albuquerque apartment complex.
The man let the girl go after her mother started chasing him.
The girl is okay, but the hunt for the suspect continues.
Investigators are looking for 31-year old David Jesus Hernandez.
They say he may also have a connection to a sexual assault on a young girl at this very same apartment complex from last week.
At this point Hernandez has not been called a suspect.
This all began here at the Saint Anthony Apartments.
According to police, a group of teens witnessed a man in a silver car abduct the 4-year-old.
The teens then told the girl's mom, who then started chasing the suspect in her vehicle.
Investigators say the man let the girl go while still in the complex, but the mother continued chasing him and rammed his car near Kathryn and San Mateo in southeast Albuquerque.
The man fled on foot.
KRQE News 13 has learned the suspect vehicle is registered in part to David Jesus Hernandez.
As police continue investigating, residents are terrified this is happening in their backyard.
"I told all my neighbors, keep an eye on your kids, please keep an eye on them because sick people could grab your kids," Darlene Twiss said. "They could go to your kids and say do you want candy, grab them and take them."
APD says Wednesday night's kidnapping could be connected to a similar case at this complex last week.
The suspect in that case was also reportedly driving a silver or gray vehicle.
The girl from Wednesday night's abduction is said to be unharmed and back with her family.
If you have any information you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP (7867).
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