Good Samaritan with bat confronts sex offender, saves girl in Queens

December 15, 2018 - 2:54 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A Good Samaritan ran outside with a baseball bat in his underwear to confront a registered sex offender, also armed with a bat, who was trying to kidnap an 11-year-old girl in Queens on Saturday morning, the Good Samaritan and police tell 1010 WINS. 

The girl was grabbed shortly before 8 a.m. near Centre Street and Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood, according to police.

She was on her way to I.S. 77 for basketball practice when she noticed a man calling out to her from his car, a 2002 Honda Civic, police said.

She didn’t recognize the man and started to run.

That’s when police say the man blocked her with his vehicle and demanded she get inside.

The girl refused, and police say he got out of his vehicle, grabbed the girl and forced her into the backseat.

All the while, the terrified child was fighting back and crying for help. 

Forty-five-year-old Alex Salas heard the girl screaming for help from his window.

"He had her sideways, trying to fit her in a car," Salas told 1010 WINS. "It seemed kind of weird. I saw her fighting. So I opened the window and I told the man, 'What are you doing? Let her go!'" 

Salas says he grabbed a baseball bat and confronted the alleged kidnapper in his underwear while his wife called 911.

"I grabbed the bat and confronted him, that's when he pulled out his own bat," Salas said. 

Salas says the girl managed to get out of the car and her attacker tried to put her back in. 

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Officers from the 104th Precinct quickly moved in and arrested the man as Salas was distracting him.

Police identified the suspect as 40-year-old Relyn Estrada, a registered sex offender.

He’s been charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, acting in a manner injurious to a child, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, and harassment.

The possession of a weapon charge is related to the bat he allegedly had on him.

Police say Estrada has a criminal record that includes a sexual abuse case from December 2001.

He lives just blocks away in Glendale, according to police. 

The girl was not physically injured, police said.

It wasn't immediately known if Estrada has an attorney. 

Salas started to cry as he described the terrifying event. He called the girl the real hero. 

"She saved her own life. She did everything the right way. I was just there to help her," he said.