ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—An 8-year-old girl says she bit an alleged kidnapper and she lost a fingernail in a struggle until a witness chased her snatcher's van down and rescued her.

KRQE-TV reports ( that the girl told jurors Tuesday that the man grabbed her from a sidewalk while walking home from a neighbor's house with tostada shells in 2011.

The girl testified in the kidnapping trial of 31-year-old Philip Garcia. Prosecutors say Garcia kidnapped the girl and fled the scene then later returned claiming that he had been carjacked and hit over the head.

Neighbor 26-year-old Antonio Diaz Chacon said he saw it happen and chased Garcia's van until it crashed into a mesa.

His actions garnered him national attention and offers of gifts and money.


Information from: KRQE-TV,