Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar is issuing a 'child safety message to parents,' following a terrifying incident over the weekend, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Salazar says a man and a woman attempted to kidnap a 3 year old girl from the front yard of a her west Bexar County home. fortunately, he says the little girl's sibling notified their mother, who confronted the suspects and rescued her daughter, and she also had the presence of mind to get a strong description of the two suspects so they could be arrested and charged with Aggravated Kidnapping.
Salazar says with Halloween on the way, children will be out and about having fun, and "it only takes a few seconds for the unimaginable to happen."
He says 'we are all very fortunate that this case worked out, but not all families are as blessed.'
"I'm asking everyone to be vigilant with the kiddos, whether our own or our neighbors'. Invest in cameras, know your neighbors, report all suspicious activity," and he added 'sometimes, it takes a village.'
Christopher Schapira, 47, and Patricia Benitez, 58, are facing criminal charges in the case.