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Good Samaritan describes how he foiled kidnap attempt of Bronx toddler


A great Samaritan mentioned he was able to slug a deranged creep who tried to kidnap a 3-year-old Bronx woman — and adopted him till cops confirmed up and nabbed him.

Juan Carlos Cavellero, 27, was getting fuel in East Tremont on Monday afternoon when he noticed Santiago Salceda, 27, seize little Lilianna Repka whereas she walked along with her grandmother and two siblings and take off.

“I jumped out of my car to try to beat him up,” Cavellero, who lives in Manhattan, instructed The Post on Wednesday. “They have been screaming, ‘Help! Call the cops!’ I say to them, ‘Why you screaming? Call the cops!’

“I say to him, ‘Leave the little baby alone,” he recalled. “He says, ‘She has problems. I have to take her.’ I say, ‘You’re gonna have problems.’ He says, ‘What you gonna do?’ He saw that I was gonna punch him. He starts running.”

Cavellero mentioned he adopted the would-be kidnapper “for like three car lengths,” when the person noticed him following him and put the toddler down.

Santiago Salgado allegedly tried to seize Lilianna Repka.
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“‘I don’t want problems,’” he mentioned the suspect mentioned. “I see the person is crazy.”

Cavellero mentioned he referred to as cops and adopted the creep for about six blocks.

“He saw me follow him,” he mentioned. “He put on dark glasses like he’s somebody else. I saw an undercover cop car. ‘Arrest this guy. He tried to steal a little baby.’”

Salcedo was arrested and arraigned Tuesday evening on tried kidnapping and illegal imprisonment fees and ordered held on $15,000 bail.

Santiago Salcedo arraignment.
Santiago Salcedo seems at his arraignment after the crime.
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The choose agreed to his lawyer’s request that he obtain “medical treatment and mental health services.” He’s due again in courtroom on Friday.

“If I don’t follow him, nobody is going to arrest him,” Cavellero mentioned. “If he doesn’t get arrested, he will try to do that with another baby.”

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