ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - 10:30 PM Update: Albuquerque police say the suspect in this kidnapping matches the physical description of the man who allegedly kidnapped a 6-year-old from the same apartment complex last week.
Police say that child was forced into a car with the suspect where "some type of criminal sexual activity" is said to have taken place. That child was able to eventually escape and tell police what happened.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the kidnapping last week contact them in hopes that it can help in finding the suspect in Wednesday's incident.
A determined and courageous mother chased the man who abducted her little girl across Albuquerque Wednesday evening before crashing into his car and launching a massive police search.
The 5-year-old girl apparently is OK after she was shoved from the kidnapper's car close to the abduction site and found wandering near her apartment.
The mother, who was in cell-phone contact with the police during her pursuit, thought her daughter was still a prisoner, according to an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman.
After the crash the man fled into a neighborhood igniting the massive police response.
By late Wednesday night police had locked down about 20 blocks of southeast Albuquerque along Kathryn Avenue between San Mateo Boulevard SE and San Pedro Drive.
"At this point in time it appears to be a complete stranger abduction," APD Chief Ray Schultz said during a news conference outside the search perimeter. "It appears to be no relation that we've been able to determine from either the mother or any witnesses.
"It appears this time to be a stranger abduction, so that's how we're treating it. That's why such a large amount of resources out here tonight."
Events began around 6 p.m. near 12th Street NW and Indian School Road while the girl was playing outside her apartment. Witnesses saw the man force the girl into his car, gave the mom a description, and the chase was on.
The pursuit went into the North Valley and on and off Interstate 40 to Central Avenue and the Southeast Heights, police said.
Roughly seven miles from abduction the mother crashed into the man's car at Kathryn and Ortiz Drive.
Witnesses described the kidnapper as a Hispanic or Native American man in his 20s wearing a black T-shirt and jeans.
The police search continued late into Wednesday night hampered by false alarms of the abductor being found as officers instead discovered homeless people living in the shadows.
Police also received reports the kidnapper was armed although they have not been able to confirm that.
KRQE News 13 crews remain on the scene of the search.
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