LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A teenager who helped to save a 5-year-old girl from her abductor more than two years ago is now a suspect in an armed robbery.
Temar S. Boggs, 18, is wanted for the robbery of the El Coqui Market in the 600 block of North Plum Street on Dec. 17, police said.
Police Sgt. Bill Hickey told ABC27 News their suspect is the same Tamar Boggs who, as a 15-year-old, helped a girl get away from her kidnapper in July 2013.
According to previous reports, Boggs and Chris Garcia spotted the girl in a car about two hours after she was taken from the yard of a Lancaster Township home and gave chase on their bicycles.
“If he wasn’t gonna stop, I was probably gonna jump in the middle of the car,” Boggs told ABC27 in 2013. “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.”
The story of the girl’s rescue gained national attention. Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) praised Boggs and Garcia on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, and a New York woman was so moved by their heroism that she set up a scholarship fund for the teens.
The girl’s abductor, convicted sex offender Harold Leroy Herr, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting the girl in August 2013. He is serving a prison sentence of 50 to 100 years.
As for Boggs, investigators believe he fled Lancaster before they identified him as the gunman in the robbery. He’s charged with first-degree felony counts of robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.
Lancaster Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest.
A co-defendant, 16-year-old Lamel Yelverton, is charged as an adult. He is in the Lancaster County Prison on $75,000 bail.