Charles Ramsey, the neighbour who helped Cleveland kidnap victim Amanda Berry escape from her dungeon, has been hailed as hero but another man has now come forward to claim his share of glory.
"I helped her and I was first," Cordero told ABC NewsChannel5. "Ramsey arrived after she was outside with the girl.
"But the truth who arrived there, who crossed the street, who came and broke the door - it was me."
"I did what had to be done," said Cordero. "Imagine how happy that family feels today to have their daughter safe."
Wintel Tejeda, another resident of the same mostly Puerto Rican neighbourhood, said Berry called police from his home.
Ramsey has become an internet sensation, as videos of him telling journalists about the frantic moments of Berry's escape went viral on the internet.
"I was eating my McDonald's, I come outside and I see this girl going nuts, trying to get out of her house," Ramsey told WEWS-TV.
"Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway."
A dishwasher at a restaurant in central Cleveland, Ramsey has been interviewed by all US major TV channels.
Local school bus driver Ariel Castro, 52 and his two brothers, O'Neal, 50, and Pedro, 54, have been arrested by police.