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, 15. “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.
An incredible, heartwarming story in light of current news & events.
TEEN HERO. He chased a car on his bike for 15 minutes to save this 5-year-old girl who was snatched from her front yard in Pennsylvania.
15-year-old Temar Boggs spotted little Jocelyn Rojas inside a car while biking around his neighborhood with some friends. Temar gave chase and when the driver realized he wasn’t giving up, he let Jocelyn out.
The photos of Temar Boggs and Trayvon Martin side-by-side are, themselves, a commentary. Two teenaged Black children with some superficial similarities that sadly have very different stories. How each story reflects on the other was something that struck me as soon as I learned about Temar.
Because the moral of Temar’s story should be that being a good Samaritan is wonderful and our community (global or neighborhood) is enhanced when we teach our kids at an early age to care about the well-being of others. But all I could think when I learned that Temar had found the little missing white girl was “he could’ve been assumed to be the kidnapper and shot.” The insanity of assuming this child– that child above would kidnap another seems like just that, insanity. But I know Black boys don’t get the luxury of being assumed to be children. They are “thugs,” “fucking punks” and “these assholes” who “always get away.”
How nice would it be to be able to use the story of Temar as a lesson to my future son(s). An example of how doing the right thing can have good results. But all I can do is think of the ways in which getting involved could have ended with him killed.
Because the realities of both ring so true. I see the kid on the right and think he is just as capable of joining a search party to find another missing child. I see the kid on the left and think he is just as capable of getting killed for no reason while he tried to get home in the rain with Skittles and iced tea.
Instead of feeling good about a simple fluff piece all I can do is feel sadness for the potential that is lost in Trayvon’s death and the reminder that the good Samaritan Temars of the world still need to tread lightly.
Two teenage boys are being hailed as heroes after they chased a car carrying a kidnapped girl – on their bicycles.
In July of 2013, five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her front yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when she suddenly disappeared. Rojas’s parents feared the worst, so they alerted police and began a frantic search of their neighborhood.
Instead of waiting for the police to find the little girl, fifteen year-old Temar Boggs and his friend decided to start looking for her themselves. Soon, they spotted Rojas in a car with a man, so they began to follow the car on their bicycles. The teens followed the car for fifteen minutes as the man tried to lose them. Finally, he seemingly gave up, pulled over, and shoved the child from the car.
“She ran to me and said that she needed her mom,” Temar said.
Temar Boggs had a feeling he’d find the 5-year-old girl who was abducted Thursday in Lancaster Township.
He was right.
Boggs, a McCaskey freshman who lives in Gable Park Woods, had been hanging out with a friend at nearby Lancaster Arms apartments and helping move a couch when a man came by asking if they’d seen a missing girl.
They hadn’t, Boggs said, so they went to watch TV.
A short time later, his friend went outside and saw lots of police officers and people from the neighborhood looking for the girl.
Police said that the girl had been taken that afternoon from the 100 block of Jennings Drive.
Boggs and about six friends joined the search.
"We got all of our friends to go look for her. We made our own little search party,” Boggs, 15, said Saturday, though he didn’t know the girl or her family.
They walked through some nearby woods and along a creek where they were told the girl might have gone.
When Boggs and his friends returned to Lancaster Arms on Jennings Drive, they saw more police officers and TV news crews.
“The whole block was filled,” he said.
That’s when, Boggs said, “I had the gut feeling that I was going to find the little girl.“
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.
Boggs said he didn’t see where the car went.
"She runs to my arms and said, ‘I need to see my mommy,’ ” Boggs said.
Boggs scooped the girl onto his shoulders and began riding the bike toward home, but then decided that wasn’t safe, so he carried her and walked back while Garcia pedaled along, guiding the bike Boggs had been using.
Back at Lancaster Arms, when Boggs and Garcia arrived with the girl, someone summoned a firefighter or law enforcement officer.
Boggs said the girl was reluctant to leave him and go to the official.
“She didn’t want to leave me because she thought they were going to do something to her. I said, ‘No, it’s OK,’ ” he said.
Police said later that the abductor took the little girl for ice cream, and that there were indications of an assault.
Boggs met the girl’s family Thursday evening, after he told police his story.
The girl’s family members “were just saying that I was a hero, that I was a guardian angel and that it was amazing that I was there and was able to find the girl,“ he said.
Boggs doesn’t see himself as a hero.
"I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do,” he said.
He described himself as a typical kid.
He plays football, basketball and track (he runs the 100- and 200-meter and the 400-meter relay, and does the high and long jump).
He likes sneakers, and if his hopes of being a professional athlete don’t pan out, he’d like to be a clothing or sneaker designer. Or maybe work in the culinary arts.
He’s modest, but knows he did something special Thursday.
“It was like fate, it was like meant for me and Chris to be there. If we wouldn’t have left (to look for the girl) who knows what would have happened to the little girl,” he said.
Boggs did wake up in the middle of the night afterward, though, thinking he might have saved the girl’s life.
“It was a blessing for me to make that happen,” he said.
His mother, Tamika Boggs, said she’s proud of her son.
“You just hope you raise your child the right way. … He’s learning what I tell him, to help others,” she said.