Calysta Cordova, the 9-year-old girl who was reported missing last Thursday, outsmarted her alleged kidnapper Jose Garcia, 29, by thinking quickly on her feet: She ran into a Circle K store in Colorado, asked for the phone and said she was calling her uncle, when in fact, she dialed 911.
Cordova's mother reported her missing on Thursday afternoon when she didn't return home from school and authorities believed she was abducted while walking home, according to Good Morning America. An Amber Alert was issued soon after.
The girl's stepfather Steven Ryno told the media that Cordova always walks through the door at 3:21 p.m.
I noticed something was wrong, when she was nine minutes late...I called everyone, I panicked, Ryno said, adding that the main thing running through his mind at that time was that they must find her. It is getting late, it is getting dark, it is getting cold, and I know my baby is hungry.
ABC News' Denver affiliate KMGH reported that Calysta Cordova was safely found at the Circle K convenience store in Colorado Springs. Authorities told KMGH that they believe the girl was in a car with Garcia when the car broke down. Authorities said they were then reportedly picked up by a passerby who drove them to the Circle K convenience store where she ran inside and called 911.
Cordova told Good Morning America that she got my fight from Daddy and that her father taught her to stand up for myself.
Police said when Garcia entered the store, Cordova refused to go with him and yelled, I'm not going anywhere with you. I'm waiting for my mom.
She looked at me, pointed into my eyes and just said, 'I ain't going nowhere. I'm waiting right here for my momma,' Efrin Villapando, a witness, told the media. I looked at the guy, he looked at me, into my eyes, spun around and just high-tailed it out of there.
The girl was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries and Garcia was found at a bus stop in downtown Colorado Springs.