Terrifying moment suspect, 37, tries to grab an Arizona 5th-grader in broad daylight and kidnap her as she walked to school

Terrifying footage shows how a walk to school turned terrifying for one fifth-grader – when she was almost abducted in broad daylight by a suspect who is now behind bars.

The attempted kidnapping happened just before 8 a.m. Friday in Glendale, Arizona, and saw 37-year-old Joseph Ruiz arrested on charges of kidnapping and custody.

The clip shows the accused crawling into the silver sedan that is apparently waiting for the young girl, after she left her family’s apartment at 43rd Avenue and Onyx Avenue.

That’s when police say Ruiz got out of the car and tried to grab her, but she was able to run away.

After she got away, neighbors say three students, who noticed she was in distress, were able to come to her aid — as the man believed to be Ruiz is seen walking back to his car, before eventually being handcuffed.

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Footage shows how a walk to school turned terrifying for a fifth-grader in Glendale, Arizona — when she was nearly kidnapped by a suspect (seen here right) who is now behind bars

Footage shows how a walk to school turned terrifying for a fifth-grader in Glendale, Arizona — when she was nearly kidnapped by a suspect (seen here right) who is now behind bars

The attempted kidnapping happened just before 8am on Friday and saw 37-year-old Joseph Ruiz (pictured) arrested on charges of kidnapping and interference.  Cops revealed this week he already has a criminal history

The attempted kidnapping happened just before 8am on Friday and saw 37-year-old Joseph Ruiz (pictured) arrested on charges of kidnapping and interference. Cops revealed this week he already has a criminal history

‘No!’ the girl can be heard screaming as the man chases after her, according to a KPHO reporter who watched the raw video captured by a neighbor’s surveillance camera.

Glendale cops responded to the girl’s call and obtained the neighbor’s security footage, which shows the man making a U-turn before jumping out of his car, chasing the girl a short distance.

The girl — whose name has not been released — then told officers “that (the) unknown adult male tried to grab her while she was walking to school,” police said — before revealing Ruiz’s criminal history made

Police in the small city outside Phoenix said they continued to identify the vehicle and the suspect and located him elsewhere in the city later that day.

“I want to note that he has a history of violence,” the state’s attorney said in Ruiz’s court appearance video, according to KPHO.

“He was convicted of aggravated assault, a class 3 dangerous felony,” the official added — before saying the charge comes “after (Ruiz) stabbed his mother in the neck.

A date for the offense was not immediately provided – but cops did say they believe the girl caught the suspect’s attention as she left her apartment.

As Ruiz remained in jail Sunday, police said more information would come to light Monday.

Glendale cops responded to the girl's call and obtained the neighbor's security footage, which shows the man making a U-turn before jumping out of his car and following the girl a short distance

Glendale cops responded to the girl’s call and obtained the neighbor’s security footage, which shows the man making a U-turn before jumping out of his car and following the girl a short distance

The girl - whose name has not been released - told officers afterwards

The girl — whose name has not been released — subsequently told officers “that (the) unknown adult male attempted to grab her while she was walking to school,” police said — before revealing Ruiz’s criminal history is.

The clip shows the accused crawling into the silver sedan that is apparently waiting for the young girl, after she left her family's apartment at 43rd Avenue and Onyx Avenue.

The clip shows the accused creeping into the silver sedan that is apparently waiting for the young girl, after she left her family’s apartment at 43rd Avenue and Onyx Avenue.

That's when police say Ruiz got out of the car and tried to grab her, but she was able to run away.

That’s when police say Ruiz got out of the car and tried to grab her, but she was able to run away.

'No!'  the girl can be heard screaming as the man chases after her, according to a KPHO reporter who watched the raw video captured by a neighbor's surveillance camera

‘No!’ the girl can be heard screaming as the man chases after her, according to a KPHO reporter who watched the raw video captured by a neighbor’s surveillance camera

The perpetrator finally gives up, after the girl was able to run away quickly

The perpetrator finally gives up, after the girl was able to run away quickly

He is seen struggling back to his car, which police used to identify and locate him

He is seen struggling back to his car, which police used to identify and locate him

Meanwhile, residents are hailing three other minors who were in the area that morning for their quick thinking after spotting the would-be victim in need of help and using their bodies to crawl around her.

“They hid her because the man was chasing her,” said Amcy Borquez, whose younger sister and two younger cousins ​​are seen helping the girl in another clip captured by a neighbor’s security camera.

“I think they were very brave for their age,” Borquez said, adding that the trio were friends with the young girl.

“I tell them all day like you’re heroes.”

Of the police disclosure, the victim noticed the suspect following her from the time she left her apartment, the Glendale resident added: ‘I told my mom I don’t care if I’m late for school, I’m going they walk every day.’

As of Sunday, the child had yet to be identified, but in a note to parents at nearby Sunset Elementary, district officials warned students to stay awake and off their cellphones when walking to and from campus.

As Ruiz remained in jail Sunday, police said more information would come to light Monday

As Ruiz remained in jail Sunday, police said more information would come to light Monday

Meanwhile, residents are hailing three other minors who were in the area that morning for their quick thinking after spotting the would-be victim in need of help and using their bodies to crawl around her.

Meanwhile, residents are hailing three other minors who were in the area that morning for their quick thinking after spotting the would-be victim in need of help and using their bodies to crawl around her.

“They hid her because the man was chasing her,” said Amcy Borquez, whose younger sister and two younger cousins ​​are seen helping the girl in another clip captured by a neighbor’s security camera.

“I think they were very brave for their age,” Borquez said, adding that the trio were friends with the young girl. ‘I tell them all day, like you’re heroes’

“It’s very scary to know that it happened right in front of my house, knowing that my child, my son goes to that school,” said Nayeli Martinez, whose camera caught the botched kidnapping.

‘Travel in groups to and from school. DO NOT TRAVEL ALONE,” the bulletin warned Friday.

Meanwhile, parents in the normally safe neighborhood fear for their children’s safety, including Nayeli Martinez, whose home security camera captured the botched kidnapping.

In an emotional interview, she revealed her 11-year-old son attends school with the victim.

“It’s very scary knowing that this happened right in front of my house, knowing that my child, my son goes to that school,” Martinez said of her son, Nico.

“It gave me goosebumps.”

Police officers, as of Sunday, are still investigating the attempted kidnapping. In a statement, they said more information about their investigation would be provided on Monday. A bail amount for Ruiz was not immediately provided.

In his own statement, Nico also expressed awe at the incident.

“Thank God I’m safe,” said the child.