- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 11, 2003

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The 9-year-old girl abducted from home helped win her release by telling her kidnapper she was sick — and then helped authorities make a quick arrest by memorizing his cell phone number, police said.

New details of the girl’s two-day captivity emerged yesterday as prosecutors pressed their case against Enrique Sosa Alvarez, who awaited arraignment on nine felony charges including rape, sexual assault and burglary.

Mr. Alvarez, 23, awaited assignment of a lawyer. He has declined requests for comment, a jail spokesman said.

Authorities marveled at moves the girl made to save herself after being kidnapped as she returned home from school June 6. They said she kept her head as she talked to her abductor, telling him she was ailing.

“It’s as if she established some type of relationship with him so that he saw her as a person,” Deputy Chief Rob Davis said. “To the extent that you can humanize yourself, you can create an opportunity to escape.”

Authorities said that between the girl’s efforts and intense media coverage of her abduction, Mr. Alvarez became rattled Sunday night and drove the girl to a convenience store several cities away and told her to get out of the car, prosecutor Matt Braker said.

Within hours, the girl had supplied authorities with enough details to help police pinpoint his location. Among the pieces that police say helped solve the abduction: The girl memorized his cell phone number and also related the delivery of a pizza to the home where she being was held.

Citing an interview with the girl’s aunt, the San Jose Mercury News reported yesterday that the girl overheard the abductor talking about killing her. “She went crazy and thought, ‘Oh, my God! I have to find a way out,’” Sylvia Tamayo told the paper.

Police say Mr. Alvarez, 23, used several aliases, including David Cruz.

The girl’s teenage brother, Pablo, who was attacked when he tried to stop the abduction, said yesterday that his sister was feeling sick but was recovering.

“She’s doing OK. She’s sad, but she’s OK right now,” he said on NBC’s “Today” show. “She’s very happy to be back home.”

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