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Teacher saves kidnapped 11-year-old student by getting in front of kidnapper’s car

By Mason White 5:47 PM October 19, 2015
Santiago Salazar 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A teacher’s aide saved a girl who was lured into a car by a much older man.

Sandra Ferguson of California, who works at the Sutter Elementary School in Antioch, saved the 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped.

Ferguson said that she was on her way to school when she noticed her former student in the front seat of a car with a man. She noticed that the girl seemed nervous.

Sensing that something was wrong, Ferguson drove up to them and asked the student: “Honey, it’s your dad?”

The student replied: “No, he is a friend.”

Ferguson responded: “No, he’s not your friend.”

The teacher’s aide said that she then blocked the man’s vehicle, ordered the girl to get out of the car immediately and called police.

Police arrested 51-year-old Santiago Salazar without incident and charged him with kidnapping.

Police said that Salazer had no connection with the girl. He lured her to his car as she walked to school, he then grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her inside.

The girl was not hurt, and the school principal praised Ferguson for saving the child. “She was a guardian angel and preventing something terrible from happening,” the principal said.

The girl’s parents also thanked Ferguson for saving their daughter.