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Taco truck cook hailed as hero for chasing, stopping kidnapper

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LOS ANGELES – A cook at a taco stand in Los Angeles is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a man from kidnapping a 4-year-old boy from his nanny.

It all happened Wednesday when the man heard a woman scream for help.

Working the grill at the taco stand is Jesus Delgado’s passion.

However, when he heard someone call for help, he sprung into action.

Billy Tompkins, the taco stand owner, said, “Gave chase! The lady pointed, he started running up the street here. He snatched the kid back, in front of the tennis courts two blocks away.”

Delgado bolted across the street to free 4-year-old Graydon O’Brien from a would-be kidnapper.

Delgado said, “He told me, ‘It’s not your problem man. It’s not your problem! Leave me alone with the kid.’ I said, ‘This is my problem! Why you take this boy?”

The woman screaming was Graydon’s nanny but the boy’s father says he is thankful for Delgado’s quick reaction.stopped kidnapping

Tom O’Brien, the boy’s father, said, “Also, I support bringing attention to this neighborhood. Crimes been on the upswing and there’s been a lot of break-ins lately. There’s been a few violent crimes including yesterday against my son and their nanny.”

Now, the support from the community is overwhelming for the Good Samaritan.

Delgado said, “I can’t work! Everybody says, ‘I want picture with you’ and ‘Hi! Oh My God!’ It’s exciting.”

Tompkins said, “There were 100 people in the street watching while one individual took action. That’s our guy. We’re very, very proud of him.”


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