According to recent reports, an apparent kidnapping and murder attempt was thwarted when a family worked together to stop the attacker and protect a young child. The incident occurred on a freeway in Wildomar, Calif., when a woman says her family was targeted while performing some roadside auto maintenance.
Charlene Roberts recalled the harrowing encounter that left her and her family battered and bruised – but alive to tell the tale.
“Every attack, every hit was meant for the baby,” she said, referring to her 18-month-old son in the back seat. “It wasn’t meant for us. He was trying to kidnap the child; and who knows what he would have done with him after that?”
Instead of achieving his goal, however, Roberts said she was able to partially shield the boy from the attack, bearing the brunt herself. As a result, she was left with several stab wounds and contusions.
“The car seat was right here and I’m like this on top of the baby trying to protect him,” she recalled. “And there was one point where I was looking at him face-to-face because he was in the car.”
The man she referred to, police believe, is Nicholas Garcia, 44, who was arrested at the scene.
“He was out of his mind,” added Roberts’ brother, James St. Clair.
He went on to describe the attacker as “just frantically screaming at us and yelling,” adding that he was completely incoherent during the attack.
After bashing his way into the vehicle and assaulting its occupants, Roberts said the man began pouring gas on the car and lit a match. Despite the fact that the flat tire which forced them off the road had not yet been replaced, the family took off on three wheels to avoid further injury.
Garcia, who police believe was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident, had to be subdued with a stun gun upon officers’ arrival. He is now facing criminal charges including attempted murder.
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