The fact that a little girl riding her bicycle outside is dangerous in today’s day and age is pretty disheartening. But stories like this one that let us know there are still good people in this world provides hope.
Five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was riding her bike in front of her grandmother’s apartment building in Pennsylvania while her mother, Jaimee, kept a close eye from the window. But when she turned her back, a maroon sedan drove up and a stranger often Jocelyn some ice cream.
When Jocelyn approached the car, the man grabbed her by the neck and forced her inside his vehicle. Jaimee explained, “I took my eyes off her for five minutes, and she was gone.”
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Jaimee frantically called the police. Police officers and firemen worked to blockade the neighborhood streets in an attempt to find Jocelyn. Volunteers, emergency professionals and police dogs searched for the five-year-old for over two hours, but they couldn’t find her.
Neighborhood Teens To The Rescue
Two teenagers who lived in the neighborhood, Temar Boggs, 15, and Chris Garcia, 13, took action. Temar was moving a couch for an elderly neighbor when someone from the search team approached him holding a photo of Jocelyn. “I felt that I was going to find her,” he said.
Temar and his friend Chris hopped on their bikes and started to search. They spotted a maroon Chevy swerving down a side street about a half mile from the crime seen. They watched the car hit a dead end then make a U-turn to avoid a group of police officers.
The boys chased the vehicle for about 15 minutes, then Temar pulled his bike up next to the car and looked into the eyes of the kidnapper. When he saw Jocelyn sitting in the passenger seat, he spoke three words to the kidnapper – “I see you.”
With those three words, the kidnapper stopped the car and let the little girl go free. “He stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom,” Temar explained.
Jocelyn’s family was incredibly grateful to Temar for bringing Jocelyn home. “He’s our hero. There is just no words to say,” Jocelyn’s grandmother said.
The kidnapper was identified and taken into custody. Temar and Chris helped to identify the 63-year-old sex offender by describing him to the police. Temar explained, “I didn’t do it for attention. I just wanted to help.”
Watch the video below to hear more about the heroic story:
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