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|'christmas Miracle': Abducted Girl, 5, Rescued Uninjured After U.s. Police Offic by july123(m): 10:43am On Dec 27, 2009|
A kidnapped five-year-old girl was rescued safe and well after a U.S. police officer spotted a suspect vehicle, in what detectives are calling Phoenix's 'Christmas miracle.'
Natalie Flores was rescued at about 9.30pm yesterday, more than seven hours after she was scooped up by a stranger while playing with her sisters outside their Phoenix apartment building.
'She is alive and well,' police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said.
Safe and well: Natalie Flores was taken from outside her family's apartment as she played with her older sisters
Hill credited a 'very alert' policeman with taking quick action after spotting what appeared to be the suspect's vehicle driving on a west Phoenix avenue, even though the license plate differed from reports.
Officer Mike Burns pulled alongside and 'saw a suspect that matched the description and thought he saw a small child,' Hill said.
The pickup sped off and Burns gave chase as he alerted the force.
Officers put spike strips across the road several blocks away that punctured the suspect's tires, causing him to crash on the roadside.
The man took off on foot but was caught and arrested a block away after a brief struggle.
'She is alive and well thanks to the timely diligence of officer Burns,' Hill said. 'It is rare in stranger abduction cases so much time can pass without a tragic ending. This was truly a Christmas miracle.'
Police said the suspect is a 45-year-old man, but they haven't released his name and or any other details.
Hill said the man was being questioned by police and held on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault on a police officer and felony pursuit.
The sergeant said Natalie appeared to be in good shape but was being examined by health officials.
Police received the call that Natalie had been taken at about 2:15 p.m. A special alertt was issued, and authorities began combing the area on foot, by car and with helicopters.
Hill said the child had been playing in a common area at the apartment complex with her two sisters, ages seven and nine, when a man parked his brown pickup in a nearby parking lot and walked over to them carrying a camera.
'He physically grabbed the 7-year-old girl and forcibly took a photo of her,' Hill said.
The man then forced Natalie into the truck and drove away. Witnesses reported that as the man was fleeing, he hit a parked car before entering southbound 19th Avenue.
Natalie and her sisters had been staying at an apartment in the complex with an aunt who has legal custody of them, Hill said. The girls' parents live separately out of state.
|Re: 'christmas Miracle': Abducted Girl, 5, Rescued Uninjured After U.s. Police Offic by Nobody: 11:09am On Dec 27, 2009|
|Re: 'christmas Miracle': Abducted Girl, 5, Rescued Uninjured After U.s. Police Offic by mamagee3(f): 8:04pm On Dec 28, 2009|
Good news indeed!
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