Car stolen from mom who stopped daughter's kidnapping

Posted at: 07/25/2013 11:57 AM
By: Nicole Brady, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Melissa Torrez's stolen car was found thanks to Facebook.

An Albuquerque mother has been reunited with her stolen car after hundreds of people shared her photo on Facebook.

But this wasn’t just any car—it was the same vehicle Melissa Torrez used to chase down a man kidnapping her 4-year-old daughter just two months ago.

Torrez said she was leaving a park with some friends near Coors and I-40 when three men walked up and demanded they give them their wallets, phones and keys.

“One of them told us everything would be fine, I was like, how is everything fine if you have us at gunpoint?” she said.

Torrez handed over the keys to her Chrysler 300, but wasn’t going to let them walk away. After speaking with KOB Eyewitness News 4, she took to social media to catch the culprits.

“I tagged everybody on the photo of my car—family, friends, friends that don't even live in Albuquerque, that live in Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Grants,” she said.

Friends and family shared her photo, and pretty soon, Albuquerque police received a call about the missing car.

Some called her a hero back then, but now, she's the one grateful to the people who helped get her car back.

“That's what we need now days, you know for people to look out for other people,” she said.

Torrez and her friends still haven't recovered their wallets or any of the other items the suspects took.


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