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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Teens Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia Save 5-Year-Old Kidnap Victim Jocelyn Rojas

A pair of Pennsylvania teens are being hailed as heroes after chasing down an alleged child kidnapper on their bicycles.

Fifteen-year-old Temar Boggs and his friend Chris Garcia were hanging out in a Lancaster apartment on Thursday when a man stopped by to ask them if they’d seen a missing girl who police say was abducted from her grandmother’s front yard in the 100 block of Jennings Drive. Boggs and Garcia knew nothing of the kidnapping but decided to help search for the missing girl.

“We got all of our friends to go look for her,” Boggs told Lancaster Online. “We made our own little search party.”

After scouring nearby woods and along a creek where they believed the girl might have wandered off, Boggs and his friends returned to the Lancaster Arms apartments on Jennings Drive to find “the whole block filled” with police officers, vehicles and media.

“I had the gut feeling I was going to find the little girl,” Boggs told Lancaster Online. He and Garcia got on their bikes and continued searching for the child around the neighborhood. He noticed a maroon sedan driven by an older man navigating suspiciously through the maze of side streets and cul-de-sacs of the neighborhood. Pedaling closer to the car, Boggs spotted a little girl inside.

“If he wasn’t going to stop, I was probably going to, like, jump on the car,” Boggs claimed in an interview with ABC 6.

Boggs and Garcia followed the vehicle for around 15 minutes. The driver, who must have suspected that the boys were on to him, pushed the little girl out of the vehicle at Gable Park and Bentz Farm Road before driving off.

That little girl was five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas, and she was indeed the kidnapping victim.

“She runs to my arms and said, ‘I need to see my mommy,'” Boggs told Lancaster Online.

Once back at Lancaster Arms, Rojas didn’t want to be separated from her courageous savior.

“She didn’t want to leave me because she thought they were going to do something to her,” Boggs recalled. “I said, ‘No, it’s okay.'”

According to police, the girl’s abductor, who still has not been identified but has been described as a white male in his 50s to 70s who walks with a limp, took her for ice cream. Police also said they believe she may have been assaulted.

Police said that Boggs and Garcia could have been responsible for the abductor’s decision to release Rojas.

“It is possible this individual saw the boys following him and it is possible he got nervous,” Lancaster Sgt. Jeff Jones told WGAL. “We don’t know that for sure; I’d sure like to find out.”

Tracey Clay, Rojas’ grandmother, had more glowing praise for the boys.

“Thank you, you are our hero,” she told Boggs while emotionally embracing him. But Boggs doesn’t see it that way.

“I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do,” he told Lancaster Online.

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  1. wildJuly 15, 2013 at 6:17 pmReply

    WOW! Way 2 go Chris & Temar, I think everyone that hears this story shall be proud of you for your smart thinking, determination, & great actions! I’m glad you had friends to call upon to help and it worked out just fine.


    • Brett WilkinsJuly 16, 2013 at 3:26 amReplyAuthor

      … and no creepy neighborhood watch captains getting wrong ideas about why a black teen on a bike was carrying a little white girl.

  2. Kelly NicholsonJuly 17, 2013 at 7:43 amReply

    Amazing Job Chris and Tamar! the world needs more teens like you both. a selfless act and courage to help people in need for no reason other than its the right thing to do. You both deserve the thanks of the whole world! i thank you personally with all of my heart!!!

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