Two Pennsylvania teens are being hailed as heroes after they chased down a man in a car who had snatched a five-year-old girl from her grandmother’s front yard – on their bikes.
Jocelyn Rojas, five, was missing for two hours yesterday when Temar Boggs and a friend saw the child in a car near Lancaster Township and gave chase.
After Boggs, 15, and his friend had been tailing the vehicle for 15 minutes, the driver let the little girl out of the car and sped off.
Now that the little girl is safely back with her family, police are focusing on finding the suspect.
Jocelyn Rojas was playing in the front yard of her grandmother’s home on the 100 block of Jennings Drive in Lancaster Township when she disappeared at about 4:35pm Thursday.
The family notified police and officers sprang into action, blocking off streets and scouring the area with canine units. Police showed Jocelyn’s picture around the neighborhood and Boggs and his friend joined more than 100 first responders searching for the girl.
Boggs spottted the girl in the abductor’s car and he and his friend began to follow the car.
The high school student said the little girl ran towards him when she got out of the car.
‘If he wasn’t going to stop, I was probably going to like, jump on the car,’ Boggs told ABC6.
Boggs said the suspect would turn around to see if they were still following him after they began to give chase.
‘As soon as the guy started noticing that we were chasing him, he stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom,’ he said.
Boggs took the little girl to the police and they contacted her frantic mother and family.
Good on ya,
kid young man sir! (Edited due to some excellent comments.) Here is someone who instinctively understands Robert Peel’s Seventh Principle:
Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.