Before Abel Mata knew what was happening, he was surrounded by police outside of his Torrance home.
Officers demanded answers to who the toddler was he'd been holding minutes before they'd arrived.
Police were responding to a neighbor who'd called 911 to report a kidnapping. A Latino man had abducted a baby.
A shocked Mata, 55, explained to police, that the 2-year-old boy, Milo, was his grandson, and he was babysitting for his daughter Athena. His wife, Milo's grandmother, was inside the house with the baby.
Just as the situation seemed to calm, out stormed a "Karen," brandishing a samurai sword, and screaming that he (Mata) was the kidnapper she'd called the police about.
“I was totally caught off-guard,” Mata, who works as a seventh-grade history teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, told The Los Angeles Times. “Literally like somebody punching you in the face and knocking you down.”
Mata's daughter says the incident was upsetting and left her up crying that night.
“If this was a person of color who came out with a sword, I don’t believe they would have made it over to speak to him,” Athena Mata said. “They would have been shot and killed.”
Athena Mata created a TikTok chronicling her father's experience, along with shots of him and Milo together. CLICK HERE TO WATCH:
Athena Mata told The Times, that a few days after the incident, a neighbor walked up to her father when he was out walking with Milo. At first he was afraid the same thing would happen, but instead the neighbor said, "I just wanted to say I’m sorry for what happened. The whole block is upset about this."