Attempted kidnapping in National City takes bizarre turn

Nanci Villarino attacked near Plaza at Harbison

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A National City teenager who lived through a kidnapping attempt on Monday shared her experience with 10News.

Nanci Villarino was consoled by her grandmother after coming close to being kidnapped.

"What's going on in my mind right now is like, I don't want to see him," she told 10News. "I don't want, like, another girl to, like, to happen the same thing to her 'cause this is just terrible and it changes your life because you don't know if you're going to be safe and if this is going to happen again or not."

The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. near Plaza Boulevard at Harbison Avenue. The 14-year-old was on her way home after shopping at a 7-Eleven.

A man driving by in a BMW stopped his car in the intersection, got out of the car and attacked Villarino.

Her cousin-in-law, Esteban Torres, showed 10News how the teen was attacked from behind by a man who her family says was acting strangely and violently.

"He was on drugs or something," said Torres.

When Torres heard Villarino yelling for help, he ran to the front door. 

"My mother-in-law said, 'There's a guy out there trying to take Nanci,'" he said. "I just picked up, ran out the door and came out here."

The attacker then released Villarino and ran off down Plaza Boulevard.

"The guy was right there and I threw the iron and he stumbled," said Torres. "I just jumped the fence and I kept chasing him."

The man then laid across Harbison Avenue and was run over by a car. He then got up – badly hurt with what looked like a broken leg – and walked to a nearby Jack in the Box.

"I closed the door shut so he wouldn't get out of the Jack in the Box," said Torres.

Police showed up a few minutes later, arrested the man and then took him to a hospital to be treated.

The unprovoked, random act of violence taught Villarino a valuable lesson.

"If you're going to go out to the stores, just have an adult with you because right now it's not safe and you don't know if they're going to get you or not," she said.

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