Natalie Flores, 5, was playing with her sisters on Christmas afternoon when a stranger scooped her up and drove away with her in a brown pickup truck. As he was fleeing, he clipped a parked car before entering traffic in Phoenix, Arizona.
Natalie's older sister pounded on a neighbor's front door and trembled, saying her sister had been taken. An Amber Alert was issued and police began searching on foot and in cars and helicopters. Seven hours later, Natalie was still missing.
But Officer Mike Burns saw the suspect's vehicle and began a pursuit that ended with the truck crashed on the roadside and the 45-year-old suspect in custody. Natalie is "alive and well," said a police spokesman. "This was truly a Christmas miracle."