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Phoenix Man Accused Of Kidnapping 4-Year-Old Girl While Her Parents Were Asleep

| by Khier Casino

A man who is accused of kidnapping a 4-year-girl from a Phoenix home has been arrested, police say.

A police officer on his way to a burglary call around 3 a.m. Sunday saw the man riding a bicycle in the middle of the night with the 4-year-old girl sitting on his lap, still wearing her pajamas, MyFox Phoenix reported.

Daniel Luna, 37, is accused of taking the girl while her parents were sleeping.

"This piece of garbage who was drunk on a bike, skirkin' around our neighborhood," the victim's father, who did not want to be identified, told MyFox.

The little girl was not hurt. She is back home and is safe, the victim’s father said.

"It really was just incredible police work by our canine officer who saw something, thought it was suspicious and looked into it," says Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos. "And it was that particular curiosity by this officer that ultimately saved this girl from being taken away by this male."

Luna initially told police that he came across the girl wandering around outside, but the officer noticed the girl’s feet weren’t dirty.

Luna then changed his story and said he went into the wrong house after a night of “bar hopping” because he thought he lived there even though he lives more than a mile away. Luna also thought the girl was his stepdaughter.

"Definitely lock all your doors at night.  Don't be complacent.  Dead lock them, dead bolt them from the inside and out," said the girl's father.

Police interviewed the girl, who said “the bad man took me out of the home and the police officer saved me."

The girl’s parents woke up to find their daughter missing and ran outside, but by that time, police had already found her and were bringing here back home.

Luna was arrested about a block away from the girl’s home and taken into custody, authorities say.

Martos says Luna got into the home through an unlocked door, according to ABC15.