ANTIOCH, Calif. -- A teacher's aide is being hailed as a guardian angel after thwarting the possible kidnapping of her 11-year-old former student.
Sandra Ferguson was driving to Sutter Elementary Friday when she spotted the girl, who looked frightened, in the front seat of a car with a middle-aged man.
Her protective instincts kicked in and she quickly blocked the man's car with her own and confronted the situation.
"I said, 'Sweetheart, is that your dad?'" Ferguson recounted."She told me, 'No, he's my friend.' I said, 'No he's not. He's not your friend.'"
Added Ferguson: "I put my car in front of his car; I blocked him. I told her, 'You get out of the car right now.'"
The suspect, Santiago Salazar, 51, was arrested. He faces charges on suspicion of kidnapping.