A missing Lancaster Township girl is safe after two teens heroically saved her from an abductor Thursday night, said Manheim Township Police.
“Me and Chris, which is another boy who helped me, we were riding around,” on our bikes, said Temar Boggs. “We noticed his car and the car had the little girl in it.”
That little girl was 5-year-old Jocelyn Rojas, who was playing outside of her home on the 100 block of Jennings Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday when she was snatched from her front yard, police said.
When Roja's mother realized she was missing, she immediately called police.
“It's something you don't wish on anybody,” said Roja's grandmother Tracey Clay. “Horrible, horrible thoughts flashed through my mind.”
A picture of Jocelyn was released to the public as police, firefighters and K-9 officers searched for her. News of the kidnapping weighed heavy on Boggs' mind.
So he and a friend set out to search for her.
Around 6:48 p.m., the boys spotted a maroon or burgundy colored sedan, possibly a Chevy, on Betz Farm Lane, with a girl matching Rojas' description.
According to the teens the driver was a male, approximately 50 to 70-years-old.
They followed the vehicle for about 15 minutes before it stopped in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Lane.
“If he wasn't gonna stop, I was probably gonna jump in the middle of the car,” said Boggs. “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.”
Boggs took Rojas to police and she got her request: mom was on her way.
“He's our hero. There's no words to say. I'm so grateful,” said Clay.
Boggs was just grateful he could help.
“[It fees] amazing. Felt like I was on the best game of my life,” he said.
Rojas was taken to the hospital as a precaution but police say it appears she wasn't harmed.
Manheim Township Police were assisted in the search by Millersville Police, F&M Public Safety, PA State Police, Lancaster Twp Fire Company, Millersville Fire Company, Pequea Township Fire Company, LEMSA and Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue.
Manheim Township Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information related to this incident should contact police at 717-569-6401 or on their tip line at 717-569-2816.