A Good Samaritan said he set out to be a neurotic creep who tried to kidnap a 3-year-old Bronx girl—and chased her until police showed up and caught her.
Juan Carlos Cavallero, 27, was getting gas in East Tremont on Monday afternoon when he saw Santiago Salceda, 27, walking and carrying his grandmother and two siblings while he hit Liliana Repca Caught you.
“I jumped out of my car to try to beat him,” Cavallero, who lives in Manhattan, told The Post on Wednesday. “They were shouting, ‘Help! Call the police!’ I tell them, ‘Why are you shouting? Call the police!’
“I tell him, ‘Leave the little kid alone,'” she recalled. “He says, ‘He has a problem. I have to take him.’ I say, ‘You’re going to have a problem.’ He says, ‘What are you going to do?’ He saw that I was about to punch him. He starts running.”
Cavallero said he followed the kidnapper “for three car lengths” when the man saw him following him and put the child down.
“‘I don’t want problems,'” he said the suspect. “I see that person is insane.”
Cavallero said he called the police and chased the creep for about six blocks.
“He saw me following him,” he said. “He was wearing dark glasses as if he were someone else. I saw an undercover police car. ‘Arrest this man. He tried to steal a small child.'”
Salcedo was arrested and arrested Tuesday night on charges of attempted kidnapping and unlawful confinement and ordered to be placed on $15,000 bail.
The judge agreed to his lawyer’s request that he receive “medical treatment and mental health services.” He is to return to court on Friday.
“If I don’t follow him, no one will arrest him,” said Cavallero. “If he is not arrested, he will try to do the same to another child.”