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Citizens credited with stopping man who allegedly planned to kidnap, sexually assault 4-year-old

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SANTA ANA, Calif. - A pair of Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a 4-year-old boy from an alleged sexual predator.

The Santa Ana Police Department says the boy was celebrating a birthday at a California park on Wednesday evening when his mother lost sight of him.

She called police, and an intense search began.

According to KTLA, the police released the boy's description and asked the community for help finding him.

At one point, two men saw a boy matching the missing child's description at a nearby market with a man.

Adolfo Acosta confronted the man, grabbed the boy away from him and immediately called 911.

Miguel Luna then chased the man through the store's parking lot.

"We chased him," Luna told KTLA. "He was like swerving between the cars."

Police arrested Armando Torreblanca Nunez for kidnapping, lewd acts with a child and kidnapping for the purpose of a lewd act with a child.

Detectives claim they "found evidence that convincingly showed that Nunez intended to kidnap and sexually assault the child. However, Nunez was stopped by the quick response of police officers and the concerned citizens."