Good Samaritan Grabs Bat, Rescues Girl From Alleged Kidnapper In Queens

December 15, 2018 - 3:36 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – An 11-year-old girl was grabbed and forced into a vehicle by a man in Ridgewood on Saturday, but she was ultimately saved by a Good Samaritan with a bat who ran out to help her, police said.

The girl was walking to I.S. 77 Saturday when she was confronted by the man near Centre Street and Seneca Avenue shortly before 8 a.m., according to police.

The man rolled up beside her in his vehicle and demanded she get inside, police said.

The girl refused and the man blocked her path with his vehicle before grabbing her and forcing her into the backseat, according to police.

Alex Salas, a Good Samaritan and father of two who lives nearby, heard the girl's cries for help and looked outside his window.

"She was screaming, 'Help,' but it was a faint, 'Help,'" Salas said. "I usually don't look out because the kids are always screaming, but something told me to look out. And when I saw this guy, he literally had her sideways and she's fighting with him and then he tried to put her in the car head first."

Salas says he ran down to the street half-dressed with a baseball bat. 

"I wasn't going to let him go, because I was like if he's going to go, I'm going to do everything in my power," he said. 

The suspect was also armed with a bat, police say, and the two men faced off on the street.

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Salas says the man wouldn't let the girl go. 

"I thought he was going to hit her with the bat," he said. "He had the bat over her and he had her down." 

Salas ultimately kept the suspect at the scene before officers arrived and arrested him, according to police.

The alleged kidnapper was identified as 40-year-old Reylin Estrada.

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He faces a long list of charges, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, acting in a manner injurious to a child and possession of a weapon, police said. The latter charge was for the baseball bat he allegedly had on him.

The young girl was not physically injured in the attack, according to police.

It wasn't immediately clear if Estrada had an attorney who could comment on the charges.