The man who saved a 4-year-old boy from a kidnapping attempt last month was called “an angel” during a presentation in his honor on Tuesday.
Jesus Delgado was working at T2 Tacos in Westchester (map) on Feb. 26 when 4-year-old Grady O’Brien was almost kidnapped while walking home with his brother and their nanny.
Andron Gazarov, 33, allegedly punched the nanny in the face, grabbed Grady and ran off yelling “this is a kidnapping,” Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin said at the ceremony Tuesday.
Delgado and six students from nearby Westchester High jumped in to help and were able to subdue the would-be kidnapper until police arrived and arrested him.
“His character truly revealed itself in the face of something absolutely horrible,” one man said of Delgado during the ceremony.
Gazarov has since been charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and indecent exposure, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
In appreciation of Delgado’s actions, the Westchester community and others have raised more than $26,000 to thank him for what he did. A gofundme.com page was set to take contributions for Delgado.
The money was set to be used for a down payment on a house and to help with his 4-year-old daughter’s medical expenses, which stem from a heart defect, according to Delgado.
After the City Hall presentation at a City Council meeting, Delgado, who speaks limited English, said he felt like he was dreaming.
One of the council members looked Delgado in the eyes and told him he was “an angel in the City of Angels.”
KTLA’s Christina Pascucci contributed to this report.