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Lancaster teen Temar Boggs hailed as a hero in 5-year-old's abduction

Posted by on Jul. 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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Lancaster teen Temar Boggs hailed as a hero in 5-year-old's abduction

  • Temar Boggs sits Saturday evening at Lancaster Arms.

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.



Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/872026_Lancaster-teen-Temar-Boggs-hailed-as-a-hero-in-5-year-old-s-abduction.html#ixzz2Z20jCuzK

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tiffyhamm
by on Jul. 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Love it! What an amazing young man....his friends too. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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What an amazing young man. And I see this story isn't getting any attention. I guess it's not sensational enough for some of the women here. 

I am going to post this on my FB page, because I think this young man deserves to be praised for his efforts. 

Suzy_Sunshine
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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What a fine young man. He should consider a career in law enforcement. He may have gotten involved in the search as an average good neighbor but I think it required pretty sharp instincts to note the car's evasive action and follow it. 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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Indeed it did. Only someone familiar with the area would have caught onto that, and even some who were familiar might not have figured it out. 

Quoting Suzy_Sunshine:

What a fine young man. He should consider a career in law enforcement. He may have gotten involved in the search as an average good neighbor but I think it required pretty sharp instincts to note the car's evasive action and follow it. 


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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right! this kid is a hero

Quoting cjsbmom:

What an amazing young man. And I see this story isn't getting any attention. I guess it's not sensational enough for some of the women here. 

I am going to post this on my FB page, because I think this young man deserves to be praised for his efforts. 


julainepw
by Member on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM
I love these stories with happy endings. It's all to often it turns out badly.
Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Great story!! So happy that she was found before any more damage was done. We need more people like this boy and his friend who get involved and make a difference.
JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

 That is so cool!

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM
This is such a sweet story!

Good Kid!!!
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SunshneDaydream
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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Bump for an awesome story!  Good to read something heartwarming this morning, I needed that :)

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