Heroic Taco Cook Foils Kidnapping

A quick-thinking grill cook at an L.A. taco stand is a hero this week after rescuing a 4-year-old boy from a kidnapper.

According to NBC, 4-year-old Grady O'Brien was walking with his 6-year-old brother Brendan and their nanny when an unknown man who had been ranting about the CIA suddenly punched the nanny in the face, grabbed Grady, and ran. Several witnesses reported watching the crime take place, but it was Jesus Delgado, a grill cook at the nearby T2 Tacos, who saved the day.

Delgado bolted out of the restaurant and chased the kidnapper across multiple lanes of traffic, catching up with him two blocks later.

"He told me, 'It's not your problem, man. It's not your problem. Leave me alone with the kid,' Delgado told NBC News. "I said, 'This is my problem. This is my problem, because why you take this boy?"

Delgado subdued the man until police arrived. He later told reporters that he simply reacted when he heard Brendan and the nanny screaming for help, and he couldn't just ignore it because he is also a father. Delgado has a 4-year-old daughter who has a heart condition. Since Delgado's heroic rescue, there has been an outpouring of support and a GoFundMe campaign was started to raise money for her medical expenses. It has already raised more than $14,000.

"How can you explain the feeling that you have of gratitude for someone who saved your son's life?" said Grady's father, Tom O'Brien. "It's really an amazing thing that he did."