The Good Samaritan who found the missing 5-year-old girl who was abducted from her West Philly classroom Monday is named Nelson Mandela.
Well, those are his first-and-middle names anyway, his last name is slated to come out when he speaks at a press conference this afternoon at Upper Darby Police Headquarters.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Nelson Mandela was walking to the 69th Street Station to catch a train to his job in Norristown around 4:40 a.m. this morning when he heard the child crying "Help, help, help," in a playground.
He found her soaking wet with just a t-shirt on. She told him "I ran away, I ran away," and he called police, Chitwood said.
Nelson Mandela does not watch or read the news so he did not know who the girl was or the story of her disappearance, according to Chitwood.
Nelson Mandela is a father of two himself, Chitwood said, and he has a daughter around the same age as the victim.
"He put her under his jacket to warm her up," Chitwood said. "He said it felt like it was his own kid."