A California dad has been called a
hero after knocking out a kidnapper to rescue his 3-year-old daughter.
Freddie Cantrell lives across the street from Regional Park in Auburn,
California, where his two girls were playing with their mother and
stepfather Sunday evening.
He said park is a place they used to love, but now is part of their
“I got a phone call from the mother saying, ‘Hey you got to get down
here quick. Somebody tried to kidnap Aubrey,'” Cantrell told CBS
The incident unfolded in front of their 6-year-old daughter, Natalie.
“The guy walked up and started dragging Aubrey and running with her and
skipping with her,” Natalie said.
The 3-year-old's mom and stepfather ran after the suspect, and Cantrell
ran towards them from the opposite side of the park.
“He tried to swing at me with handcuffs wrapped around his fingers and
try to use them as brass knuckles, and that’s when I just took action
and try to knock him out,” Cantrell remembered.
Placer County authorities quickly arrived to the scene following the
citizen's arrest and took 26-year-old Yonel Hernandez-Velasco into
custody for attempted kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
Many neighbors told CBS 13 they're grateful the man is out of their
“If I saw that I would go after the person too because someone’s kid you
know,” said a man who lives nearby and walks his two dogs.