VIDEO: Houston girl chases down man who tried to abduct her


A teenager was able to get away from a man who tried to abduct her while she was walking to school in north Houston.

The frightening video shows the girl, with the help of strangers, chasing down the suspect — engines roaring — as he tries to get away in a pickup truck.

The 17-year-old girl is heard on the phone with her dad telling him what just happened. “Dad, they nearly kidnapped me. They nearly took me,” she said, crying. 

In an interview with Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, the girl said, “He grabbed [me] from my arm actually, telling me to get into the truck… I just thought he was going to kill me or rape me. One of those two.”

She says the mom and another teen who pulled up to help her were angels. KPRC reports the three took off and chased down the suspect for several blocks, as he blew through stop signs. 

The suspect, Daniel Zapata, then crashed into a ditch shortly before police showed up and arrested him.

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