New Mexico local hero who saved girl from kidnapper says he’s undocumented
Antonio Diaz Chacon, 23, who gained national headlines for chasing down a kidnapper to save a six-year old girl in Albuquerque last week, told the media that he is an illegal immigrant.
“He thinks this happened for a reason,” said his wife, Martha. She is a U.S. citizen, but Diaz Chacon said that he gave up on attempts to get citizenship because it was too expensive. Diaz Chacon is from Chihuahua, Mexico, and has been living in Albuquerque for four years.
Diaz Chacon overheard a neighbor yelling at a man to let go of a six-year old girl on the night of August 15. He then saw the man push the girl into a van. As his wife called 911, he followed the van for about 15 minutes in his truck before the van crashed. The man, Philip Garcia, 29, ran off, while Diaz Chacon got the little girl.
Mayor Richard Barry of Albuquerque presented Diaz Chacon with a certificate Friday and declared the day in his honor.