Girl credits dog for saving her from kidnap try

Posted at 6:07 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 08:06:20-05

SAN DIEGO -- A girl is speaking out after escaping a near-kidnapping on Saturday in Chula Vista, with the help of a runaway dog.

Joanna Bojorquez, 16, told 10News she doesn't want to sleep now. She's afraid of re-living the real-life nightmare of Saturday afternoon on G Street.

"It's something that scarred me; I don't want to remember. I don't want to have bad dreams," she said.

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Joanna was walking an Australian cattle dog, Willow, as a favor to her grandmother's mobile home park manager. Suddenly the driver of a black Camaro blocked her path in the 600 block of G Street.

"He runs out of the car and bear hugs me; throws me in his car and while that happened, I lost my grip of the leash," said Joanna.

Willow ran away and Joanna started fighting. She doesn't remember if she screamed.

"I start kicking, trying to move him away from me and luckily Willow saw that … that we weren't being friendly and she throws herself on him. He moved out of the way and I ran and we were able to get home safe," said Joanna.

The kidnapper sped away, and Joanna and Willow have bonded.

Joanna's mom, Maricruz Peraza-Aranda, thanks God that her daughter is safe. She appreciates Willow, too.

"Oh, my daughter will love him forever. She's so thankful and she will love the dog forever," said Peraza-Aranda.

Chula Vista police have a sketch artist working on a composite that should soon be made public.

Police describe suspect as white man between 25-35 years old, standing between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 180 to 190 pounds. He had short dark hair and a goatee.

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call the Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5151.