Varela decided to run after him.
"I instantly snapped. And, you know, I ran after him," Varela told KPNX-TV. "When I hear he was trying to take a baby, I could not let him get away."
Velasquez ran through a residential area, but Varela eventually caught up with him and pinned him down. Velasquez pulled out a knife, Varela said.
"He swung at me a couple times, missed, finally he got my finger, that’s when I let go,” Varela said.
However, Velasquez didn’t make it far. Police said they caught him soon after and arrested him.
A few blocks away, 14-year-old Leandra Baron confronted Gracia, AzFamily.com reported. Gracia had hopped the fence into Baron’s backyard, Baron told the news station.
“She started crying,” Baron said. “Like, 'Please don’t call the cops,' and I’m like, 'We already called them, there’s no point.'”
Baron kept Gracia pinned to the ground until police arrived and arrested her.
The toddler was found safe, still strapped into the car. Velasquez and Gracia were booked into jail.
The girl’s grandfather offered to buy Varela new shoes, since his previously white shoes became stained with blood when Velasquez cut his finger, KPNX-TV reported. But Varela said he was just happy to help.