Alleged Kidnapping Attempt Thwarted By Elementary School Teacher

| by Sean Kelly
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An Antioch, California, elementary school teacher stopped an attempted kidnapping that she witnessed on her way to work.

Sandra Ferguson, who works at Sutter Elementary School, said she noticed an 11-year-old girl in the front seat of a vehicle with an unknown man in the driver’s seat, KGO-TV reported. Recognizing her as a former student and sensing that she was scared, Ferguson approached the girl.

“I said, 'Sweetheart, is that your dad?' She said, 'No he's a friend.' I said, 'No, he's not your friend!'" Ferguson told KGO-TV. “"I put my car in front of his and blocked him in. I told her, 'You get out of that truck right now!'"

The heroic teacher then called the police, who soon arrived and arrested 51-year-old Santiago Salazar. Salazar made no attempt to flee the scene. He was subsequently charged with kidnapping. 

“Thankfully she was a guardian angel, preventing something terrible from happening,” principal Debra Harrington said. 

The girl was not hurt, according to KGO-TV.

Sources: KGO-TV via ABC 7, ABC News / Photo credit: