Taco Stand Worker Heroically Saves Boy from Would-Be Kidnapper
byKaitlin StanfordMar 05, 2014
This story may start off like every parent's worst nightmare, but keep reading—we promise its ending will restore your faith in humanity.
Last week, 4-year-old Grady O'Brien was out for a walk in his Los Angeles neighborhood, along with his nanny and 6-year-old brother, Brendan. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a strange man walked up to them. In a matter of seconds, the man punched Grady's nanny in the face and whisked him away, screaming.
Thankfully, the frightening scene didn't go down unnoticed. Jesus Delgado, who runs a nearby food stand, T2 Tacos, heard Brendan cry out for help—and followed the sounds until he reached him. Running down the street, Delgado finally caught up with the kidnapper and Brendan—and was shocked by what he heard next.
"He told me, 'It's not your problem, man. It's not your problem," Delgado told NBC LA. "'I said, 'This is my problem. This is my problem, because why you take this boy?'" Then, using all his strength, Delgado held the kidnapper in place until cops arrived and Grady could be taken away to safety.
And that's not all. This story gets even sweeter. The O'Brien family was so grateful for Delgado's bravery that they've since set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Delgado's daughter, who has special needs. In the comments, Grady's aunt, Anne O'Brien, wrote a touching note of thanks: "Thank You for saving my nephew! I am forever grateful and will pray for your family and your daughter."
So far, Delgado's page has beat its goal of raising $20,000. To date it's taken in $23,324, and counting. If you'd like to contribute, donate here.