Suspect Phil Garcia tried to coax the girl into a green van late Monday afternoon from a playground near her home. “The child was being resistant to his enticement and that is what caused him to get out of the car and actually push her into the van,” A neighbor, who was not identified, got into his own car and began following the van while also calling 911. Garcia noticed he was being followed and tried to lose the car but instead crashed about a mile and a half from where the girl was taken. Garcia ran away, the neighbor was able to safely pull the girl from the van. Police arrived moments later and arrested Garcia.
The neighbor probably saved her life," Police said. "[The suspect] could have sexually assaulted her, could have hurt her or actually killed her."
It's a good time to realize what your responsibility is to your neighbors - and hopefully theirs to you.