Minutes after Temar Boggs heard that 5-year-old Jocelyn Rojas had gone missing, he noticed a suspicious car driving around in the area.
The 15-year-old was with his friends at an apartment in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA on Thursday afternoon when he heard the news. He and another friend, Chris Garcia, mounted their bikes to join the search for Rojas.
He told reporters that he saw a car u-turn at the top of a hill near Garcia’s apartment where several police officers were gathered. It began weaving in and out of side streets in the neighbourhood, which is known for its cul-de-sacs and dead ends.
Boggs gave chase on his bicycle and managed to get close enough to the vehicle to see a little girl inside. He made eye contact with the driver, an older white male, who at that point decided to push Rojas out of the car.
“She ran to me and said that she needed her mommy” recounts Boggs.
He escorted her to police, who reunited her with her relatives. The town is hailing him as a hero.
After reporting his story to the police, Boggs met the girl’s family. “They were just saying that I was a hero, that I was a guardian angel and that it was amazing that I was there and was able to find the girl,” Boggs doesn’t see himself as a hero. He says “I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do,” He describes himself as a typical kid who plays football, basketball and athletics. He likes trainers and if his hopes of being a professional athlete don’t pan out, he’d like to be a clothing or sports shoe designer or maybe work in the culinary arts. He’s modest, but knows he did something special Thursday.
“It was like fate, it was like meant for me and Chris to be there. If we wouldn’t have left (to join the search) who knows what would have happened to the little girl,” he said. “It was a blessing for me to make that happen,”
His mother, Tamika Boggs, said she’s proud of her son. “You just hope you raise your child the right way. … He’s learning what I tell him. To help others,” she said.
The suspect, described as a white male between 50 and 70 years old, is still on the loose, FOX 59 reports. He was driving a maroon car with round tail lights. He was wearing green shoes, green pants and a red-and-white striped shirt. He reportedly walked with a limp.
Source: Lancaster Online