Video: Teen saves 5-year-old from abduction

posted at 12:41 pm on July 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It’s midday on Monday, but it’s a good moment for a feel-good palate cleanser already on the main page (Allahpundit linked it in the Green Room earlier). We’ve received a few e-mails about Temar Boggs, who rescued a girl from an abductor and returned her to her family this weekend.  The teen got a feeling he was supposed to find the missing five-year-old, and his presence turned out to be the key:

That’s when, Boggs said, “I had the gut feeling that I was going to find the little girl.”

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A friend asked Boggs to hold his bike. Boggs figured the bike would help him search for the girl.

So he and another friend, Chris Garcia, rode on area streets — Michelle Drive, St. Phillips Drive, Gable Park Road — looking for her.

That’s when a maroon car caught his eye. (He had gotten a bit ahead of Garcia.)

The car was on Gable Park and turned around when it got near the top of a hill toward Millersville Pike, where Boggs said several police officers were gathered with the kind of cart used to carry an injured football player off the field.

The driver, an older white man, then began quickly turning onto and out of side streets connecting to Gable Park, Boggs said.

The neighborhood is something of a maze; many of its streets are cul-de-sacs.

Boggs got close enough to the car to see a little girl inside. Garcia was nearby.

The driver looked at Boggs and Garcia, then stopped the car at Gable Park and Betz Farm Road and pushed the girl out of the car. The driver then drove off, Boggs said.

Police are still looking for the suspect:

Police are still looking for the alleged kidnapper. Cops described him as a white man, between 50 and 70 years old, who walks with a limp. The car was described as a red or maroon-purple Chevy.

The girl’s family calls Boggs a hero, but Boggs himself demurs:

Boggs, meanwhile, said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.

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

Both Boggs and Garcia are heroes for getting involved and helping to rescue the little girl.  These days, it’s too easy to remain passive in the face of evil.  We are fortunate that we still have young men willing to step up and act in a responsible manner to protect their communities.

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What a great story to come by today! It appears that Temar Boggs and his buddy had just spent part of the morning helping an old lady move her couch. He said he had a “feeling” that he could find that little girl. That was Divine Intervention. He and his buddy were off to get her and get her they did. Confidence and willing to follow the inspiration led those two to saving that little girl. I hope he keeps his great outlook on life and serving his community. He just saved a family untold grief and heartache. What a guy!!!

BetseyRoss on July 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Love to see stories about courageous kids.

Wish it was a daily occurrence.

tuffy on July 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Hopefully the media will start to focus on this boy who was a hero, not the other boy who wanted to be a thug, picked a fight, and lost.

TheAudacityofNOPE on July 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

What a good kid. A real hero.

AlexB on July 15, 2013 at 6:06 PM

How did I know before I clicked on the video that this kid was going to be well spoken, humble and polite?

peacenprosperity on July 15, 2013 at 6:11 PM

If Col. Allen West had a son, he’d look like…

John the Libertarian on July 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM


peacenprosperity on July 15, 2013 at 6:13 PM

What a sweetheart. God bless him and his friends. I had to laugh when he said he put her on his shoulders riding on the bike!!! Yikes! But he realized that wasn’t safe. So cute…

You are a hero, Temar!

It’s really good to know that …


pannw on July 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I will open myself up to ridicule by saying I bet these boys are Christians and were led by the Holy spirit.

davidk on July 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM


You didn’t say it had to be ‘genuine’ “ridicule”.

listens2glenn on July 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Unfortunately, this kid represents maybe five percent of black youth.

The rest are either “sippin on tha sizzurp” and committing crime, or marching in protests supporting those who do.

I deal with the world the way it is, not how I’d like it to be.

sartana on July 15, 2013 at 7:39 PM

If Col. Allen West had a son, he’d look like…

John the Libertarian on July 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM


peacenprosperity on July 15, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Unfortunately, the description of the perp looks like me ….. caucasion male, 50-70 years of age, walks with a limp.

Oh yeah, … also a Lancaster County PA resident.

listens2glenn on July 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I saw that.

davidk on July 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Awesome story and ending. What a humble kid who is looking to help others. , I bet he has some very supportive parents !!

scruplesrx on July 15, 2013 at 9:53 PM

“Suspicious car”. Was he profiling?

Theophile on July 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM

We need more heroes such as this. Question? How come Hot Air is the only place we’ve read about this and would Al Sharpton care to comment? Maybe not because that would hurt his race baiting business.

Herb on July 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM