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Springfield Couple: Instinct Kicked In When They Spotted Car Wanted In Kidnapping

A couple on Friday said "fight or flight" instinct kicked in when they spotted a car wanted in the abduction of a girl who was snatched after getting off a school bus in Massachusetts.

Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," Benny Correa and his wife, Amanda Disley, described recognizing the vehicle sought in an Amber Alert in the abduction of 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia on Wednesday.

The couple said they were out getting dinner with their five children when the blue car drove by. Correa, in the driver's seat, began following the car. His wife called 911, giving their location as the driver sped up and ran red lights. The couple noticed the driver was pushing something down in the backseat.

When you see someone's life in danger, "you go," said Disley.

But she said her husband slowed and let cars pass at the red lights before resuming the pursuit. She said they would never have put their children's lives in danger.

Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh praised the couple in an interview with Boston magazine, but did not recommend others do the same. Instead, he asked people to provide police with a license plate number and location, noting that high speed chases are "extremely dangerous, even for police officers."

Correa said being a father, he had to do what he had to do.

Police arrested the driver, 24-year-old Miguel Rodriguez, about six hours after the abduction.

Not guilty pleas to charges including kidnapping were entered on his behalf and he was ordered held without bail on Thursday pending a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society.

The girl had no apparent injuries.


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