The good Samaritan pulled into a parking lot at the northwest corner of McFadden Avenue and Main Street, rolled down the window of her auto and confronted the kidnapper, who was still holding on to the frightened girl. "And then she started walking with me away".
"She just came up to me and went like this", Amy told KTLA, simulating a bear-hug.
Twelve-year-old Amy Martinez was walking to school in Santa Ana, California when a unusual woman grabbed her. Martinez said she screamed for help as the woman began dragging her down the street Wednesday morning. "She sees our suspect, who has our 12 year old victim in a one armed bear hug, dragging her down the street", Cpl.
"I have no way to describe how I felt when the principal told me", she told the Orange County Register.
"She looks at the victim and asks, 'Are you OK?' " Bertagna said, noting that it took about five seconds for her to formulate a rescue plan. She called police as she drove the shaken girl to school.
As commuters made their way down the busy stretch of road on Wednesday morning, Amy began to scream for help as she was dragged down the road.
"She told me in Spanish not to cry", the child said.
The incident has understandably unnerved Amy, who from now on will be driven to school by a family member, Sandra Martinez said.
"She doesn't know if it's a mother having an issue with her daughter, but something doesn't look right because the suspect is homeless and her hair's messy", Bertagna said.
Police arrested 34-year-old Claudia Hernandez-Diaz in the attempted abduction after searching the area, the OC Register reported. "You're a parent, you see somebody else's child in danger, automatically you react as if it was yours", she said.
Diaz was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a minor younger than 14. A grateful Amy said, "I want to say thank you for saving my life and you're my hero". "Well, she saw something and did something", he said.