Man arrested for kidnapping; claims he accidentally took 4-year-old girl

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man was arrested after police he say kidnapped a 4-year-old girl who had been sleeping in her apartment.

It happened around 3:00 a.m. Sunday near 3rd Street and Thomas Road. A Phoenix police officer who was responding to a burglary call in the area stopped a man riding a bicycle, after he noticed that the man was carrying a young girl on his lap. The child had on short-sleeved pajamas and was not wearing any shoes.

That officer says that something just didn't feel right about the situation, and he stopped the man, 37-year-old Daniel Luna.

"It really was just incredible police work by our canine officer who saw something, thought it was suspicious and looked into it," says Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos. "And it was that particular curiosity by this officer that ultimately saved this girl from being taken away by this male."

Luna told police he had been "bar hopping," and went into the wrong apartment, thinking that it was his. He also said that he thought the little girl was his stepdaughter.

Luna told police he took the victim, then got on his bicycle with her. He says he eventually realized she wasn't his stepdaughter, but that he "was scared and knew what he did was wrong." According to the police report, Luna stated he didn't know how to get the victim back to her home.

The child was not hurt. According to the police report, the child said: "The bad man took me out of the home and the police officer saved me."

Luna faces one felony charge of kidnapping.