Saturday, August 20, 2011

Illegal Immigrant Rescued 6-year-old Girl From Kidnapper

Antonio Diaz Chacón

Photo: AP

He is hailed as a hero, but now says he is undocumented.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 20, 2011

Albuquerque - On Friday, Antonio Diaz Chacón, 24, told reporters that he is undocumented and has been living illegally in the country for four years. He is originally from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, has two daughters and his wife Martha Diaz is a U.S. Citizen. His wife confirmed, that Chacón hasn't been able to apply for legal status because they can't afford to get an immigration lawyer.
Chacón is credited for rescuing a 6-year-old girl from Philip García, 29, who kidnapped her on last Monday from the Vista del Sol mobile home park. Chacón got into his truck after witnessing the kidnapping and chased García until he crashed in a pole and then fled on foot. Chacón was able to rescue the girl from inside a van and returned the child to her parents.
Police later arrested García after he returned to his vehicle and tried to get away. García remains in jail unable to post a $100,000 cash bail. He was charged with kidnapping while causing bodily harm, child abuse and tampering with evidence.

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