Two hours after she was abducted from the front yard of her apartment complex, 5-year-old Jocelyn Rojas of Pennsylvania was found safe—by two teenage boys on bicycles. One of the boys, 15-year-old Temar Boggs, is now being hailed as a hero, the Huffington Post reports.
As police and firefighters scoured the area surrounding Lancaster Township on Thursday, Temar asked a friend, Chris Garcia, to join him in the search. When Temar spotted a girl matching Jocelyn's description in the passenger seat of a man’s car in nearby Manheim Township, he and Chris gave chase to the vehicle on their bikes.
“As soon as the guy started noticing 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,” Temar told Fox 43.
The suspect remains at large, but Temar has received plenty of recognition for his act of bravery. According to Fox 43, he and Chris beat more than 100 first responders in finding Jocelyn.
“There are no words to say,” said Tracey Clay, Jocelyn’s grandmother. “I’m so grateful.”
Thanks to Temar, Jocelyn and her family can rest easy, but for Manheim Township Police Sgt. Jeff Jones, the work isn’t over.
“We’ve certainly all heard of worse stories with not-so-happy endings,” Jones said, “but this would be a much happier ending if we find the person responsible.”