A four-year-old boy is home safe with his family in Los Angeles after a quick-thinking taco cook saved him from the clutches of a kidnapper on Wednesday.
Grady O’Brien was walking home with his six-year-old brother Brendan and their nanny when a man approached them and punched the nanny in the face, reports KTLA. He then grabbed Grady O’Brien and ran away.
Jesus Delgado, a cook at nearby T2 Tacos, heard Brendan’s cries for help and ran to search for him. Upon catching up with the alleged kidnapper, Delgado told NBC LA that the kidnapper tried to convince him to walk away.
“He told me, ‘It’s not your problem, man. It’s not your problem. Leave me alone with the kid,'” said Delgado to NBC LA. “I said, ‘This is my problem. This is my problem, because why you take this boy?'” Delgado was able to hold the attacker in place until the police arrived to arrest him, reports NBC LA.
Delgado is a father to a young girl with special needs, and since the incident, fans of the hero have teamed up to raise money for his daughter, reports LAist. So far, they’ve raised over $5,000 on gofundme.com.
GoFundMe user Anne O’Brien, who donated $100 to Delgado, wrote this note of gratitude in the comments section: “Thank You for saving my nephew! I am forever grateful and will pray for your family and your daughter.”