9:40 p.m. PDT, October 5, 2012
SANTA ANA -- A 425-pound man was arrested Thursday for allegedly trying to abduct a 10-year old boy on his way to soccer practice.
Police received a call around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night when about a man trying to kidnap a young boy in the 500 block of E. Central.
The caller said the boy's soccer coach was trying to detain the man, but he had escaped.
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Officers eventually located Victor Joseph Espinoza, 55, hiding in the backyard of a nearby residence.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident, but he had minor injuries from his contact with the soccer coach.
According to detectives, the 10 year old victim was going to soccer practice at Delhi Park with his 19 year female cousin when the suspect lured the boy close enough to grab him.
The boy yelled for help and tried to pull away, but the suspect would not let him go.
The victim was able to break free and he and his cousin ran to the park telling the soccer coach what had occurred.
The coach saw the suspect in front of the park.
When the suspect saw the coach, he attempted to flee and was tackled by the coach in the street.
"I was just mad at the time because the kid was crying," the coach, who asked to remain anonymous, told KTLA.
Espinoza was booked on suspicion of false imprisonment, child annoying, and gang enhancements, for being a documented gang member.
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