kidnappingHave you ever heard of the Darwin Awards? It's basically this satirical award for people whose stupidity was so colossal that they ended up screwing themselves over, and I love them. In fact, I love them about as much as I love stupid criminals. Take the guy who has been cruising the Los Angeles area trying to kidnap little kids. This week an 11-year-old girl managed to escape from his car and rescue a 7-year-old while she was at it.

Bravo to that brave little girl! She needs a medal or a pony or something! And not just because she was a self-rescuing princess. She also handed the cops a wealth of information on this moron.

Maybe I'm overly optimistic, but when little kids are being grabbed by some psycho, I have to put my rose-colored glasses on and hope for the best. The best bet for getting bad people off the streets is if they can be caught. And it's a whole lot easier to catch them when they screw up.

So let's talk about this case, OK? Cops say the 11-year-old girl was walking down the street when some creep grabbed her and tried to stick her in his car. There was already another kid inside, around 7, who was sobbing. The 11-year-old superhero decided she wasn't going to just sit and cry. She fought the guy off, grabbed the 7-year-old, and took off. The girls parted ways at some point, and only the 11-year-old and her mom called the cops. What happened to the 7-year-old, we don't know.

But cops in Whittier, California do know someone has been trying to pick up kids for awhile. Back on February 5, he tried to snag a 17-year-old girl who ran off. At another point, a witness saw a man trying to force two young girls into his car.

Now, thanks to this feisty 11-year-old, the cops might actually have something they can really go on to get this guy.

For starters, the suspect trying to kidnap Whittier's kids is driving a red convertible with a tan roof. Could it get any flashier? That's the same car that was identified before during the attempts, but now that a guy with a car fitting that description has actually grabbed a child, there's a lot more cops can do.

And get this: the man, described as a Latino between 25 and 35, also let the girl get a look-see at his tattoo, three dots on his left hand. That's even better than the car: tattoos on the hand aren't exactly easy to hide.

As a good, law-abiding citizen, these are the stories I cling to to feel a little less depressed about what goes on out there. If criminals would just screw up enough that the cops can catch them, then I can breathe a little bit easier. 

What's your take on this story? Do you want to go give this kid a huge hug too?

 

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