New Mexico mother chased child abductor

  • Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 3:33 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A mother who chased down a man and ran into his car after he grabbed her 4-year-old says her “mother’s instincts” kicked in when she launched her pursuit.

Melissa Torrez told The Associated Press on Friday she began her chase “without any feeling” and was focused only on getting her daughter back as the abductor led her on a high-speed chase throughout Albuquerque on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old mother of three says as soon as others in the apartment complex told her a man took her daughter she jumped in the car.

Her daughter was later found unharmed not far from their apartment.

Police arrested 31-year-old David Hernandez the next day and charged him with kidnapping and child abuse.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Comments { } is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full Terms and Conditions.