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Posted: 7/13/2013 7:20:58 AM
Two teenage boys search for missing girl on bikes and follow car for 15 minutes. The guy finally just stops the car and lets her out!

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. "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.

When Roja's mother realized she was missing, she immediately called police.

"It's something you don't wish on anybody," said Roja's grandmother Tracey Clay. "Horrible, horrible thoughts flashed through my mind."

A picture of Jocelyn was released to the public as police, firefighters and K-9 officers searched for her. News of the kidnapping weighed heavy on Boggs' mind.

So he and a friend set out to search for her.

Around 6:48 p.m., the boys spotted a maroon or burgundy colored sedan, possibly a Chevy, on Betz Farm Lane, with a girl matching Rojas' description.

According to the teens the driver was a male, approximately 50 to 70-years-old.

They followed the vehicle for about 15 minutes before it stopped in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Lane.

"If he wasn't gonna stop, I was probably gonna jump in the middle of the car," said Boggs. "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."

Boggs took Rojas to police and she got her request: mom was on her way.

"He's our hero.  There's no words to say.  I'm so grateful," said Clay.

Boggs was just grateful he could help.

"[It fees] amazing.  Felt like I was on the best game of my life," he said.

Rojas was taken to the hospital as a precaution but police say it appears she wasn't harmed.

Manheim Township Police were assisted in the search by Millersville Police, F&M Public Safety, PA State Police, Lancaster Twp Fire Company, Millersville Fire Company, Pequea Township Fire Company, LEMSA and Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue. 

Manheim Township Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information related to this incident should contact police at 717-569-6401 or on their tip line at 717-569-2816.  



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Posted: 7/13/2013 7:25:14 AM
Yay!! Good for them. Kidnapper didn't sound very determined but she's a lucky girl - a happy ending is always good.

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Posted: 7/13/2013 7:26:06 AM
that is so amazing.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 7:32:58 AM
I thought THEIR determination was fantastic!!

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Posted: 7/13/2013 7:37:45 AM
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Posted: 7/13/2013 6:31:24 AM   
Gar - I know, right? But I love how these kids decided to do something about it. I'll just cruise around on my bike... and they are determined not to give up! Did you see where he says he would have jumped on the guy's car if necessary? He was not backing down!


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Posted: 7/13/2013 7:39:32 AM
Isn't that great that she was rescued! They seem so young to be so brave. My 15 yr. old daughter she said that she would have done the exact same thing (chasing after the kidnappers to save a person), and my husband and I would have been very proud of her!

A good story for teen girls and boys. That they can do something to stop a crime!

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Posted: 7/13/2013 9:11:13 AM
Wow! What an amazing story. I'm so glad all 3 of them are safe.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 9:33:50 AM
I am such a skeptic...but how do two boys on bicycles keep up with the speed of a car?



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Posted: 7/13/2013 10:38:20 AM
Good for them! I'm glad she was returned to her family.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 10:41:07 AM
What a great story!

And in my town, with constant stop signs, bikes pass me all the time. If this happened in town, bikes would have no trouble keeping up unless the car driver started speeding and running stop signs.

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Posted: 7/13/2013 10:45:23 AM
I'm with kluski.. how did they keep up? and they just randomly saw this car, still in the same area, at least an hour or so after she was abducted? Wouldn't a smart kidnapper get the heck out of the area? I generally take things at face value but this story seems really suspicious.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 11:19:13 AM
I'm sure the kidnapper would have loved to speed up and race away, but that would have drawn more attention to him, possibly getting him stopped for speeding.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 11:20:32 AM
Liz I know what you mean. But I read a different article that said the police acted quickly, shutting down roads and such. Sounds like the PD wasted no time. I wonder if he was trying to find an escape route and finally said forget it. Maybe he would have let her go on his own eventually? She was returned home in 2 hours, which is amazing.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 11:25:51 AM
That is a remarkable story. Those boys are Heroes.

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Posted: 7/13/2013 12:12:16 PM
Ok, crying with JOY! What wonderful young men!!!

That damn creep I hope they find him and string him up!

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Posted: 7/13/2013 12:16:44 PM
Kids today give me so much hope for humanity. So many great leaders I see almost every day.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 12:17:08 PM

These boys are heros. I'm glad that the girl was safely returned to her family.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 1:49:37 PM
This is a local story for me. This is an area with a lot of stop and go traffic, so not a surprise that the bikes could keep up with the car. What does surprise me is that the guy was still or back in the area 2 hours later. The police have determined the girl was assaulted in some way and that the guy took her for ice cream. The guy was also wearing green pants, green shoes and a red and white striped shirt. Not exactly clothing to wear if you don't want to stand out.

Newspaper story about it.

Police are looking for a middle-aged man wearing green shoes and very "distinctive" clothing who abducted a 5-year-old in Lancaster Township Thursday, took her for ice cream, assaulted her and then dropped her off not far from her home.

Manheim Township police released a description of the man Friday and urged area parents to keep a close eye on their children until the suspect is caught.

"Monitor your children more carefully than you normally do," said Police Chief Neil Harkins. "If you're going to let them out, they need to watch them until this is over."

The man took the little girl, identified in news reports as Jocelyn Rojas, from the 100 block of Jennings Drive at about 4:20 p.m.

The child was last seen by her mother walking toward a wooded area behind an apartment in the area, where neighbors said she was visiting family members.

About two hours later, at 6:48 p.m., the man dropped the child off about two blocks away, in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Drive, after two boys, ages 13 and 14, saw the child in his car and followed him through the neighborhood on their bicycles.

Police are still interviewing the child and trying to determine what happened during the time the child was abducted. But they said they know two things.

"There are indications of an assault," Harkins said. "We're not sure what type of assault."

Related: Pictures of massive search

After she was found, the child was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, and examined there, and evidence was sent to a laboratory for analysis, he said.

Also, police learned that the man took the child for ice cream.

She told police he took her to an "outdoor store," with a takeout window. The store was near a sidewalk, Harkins said.

The child stayed in the car while the man got the ice cream, he said.

Police are examining Megan's Law offenders in the area, to see if they match the description of the man, Harkins said.

They also are going door to door to talk to residents and going to area ice cream places to see if they can find any more information.

Police released this description of the man:

• He is likely white, between the ages of 50 and 70, and was wearing a red-and-white striped shirt, green pants and green shoes Thursday.

• He may have a disability, and walks with a limp.

• He was driving a red or purplish maroon car, possibly a Chevy, with round tail lights.

Based on his clothing and car description, police are hoping someone saw the man with the child, either at the ice cream store or nearby.

Harkins said the investigation is very "fluid" and that police are still talking with the child.

"Because of the age of the victim, we are being very patient in extracting information," he said.

With regard to the actions of the boys on the bicycles, Harkins had nothing but praise.

One of them was identified as Temar Boggs by witnesses and in news reports. Boggs said Thursday he was with a friend named "Chris."

"For them to get involved took courage," said Harkins, who also praised area residents who joined in a search by firefighters, police officers, emergency medical workers and a bloodhound team.

The searchers spread out in groups, said Fire Chief Ron Comfort, checking the woods near the apartment, as well as the trunks of cars, Dumpsters, hallways of the apartment complex and other areas.

An Amber Alert, notifying the public of a missing child, was sent out during the search, Comfort said.

A state police helicopter was on the way when the child was found.

The two boys saw the girl get out of the man's car, and she asked for her mother.

The boys then called to nearby searchers for help, as the man drove away.

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Posted: 7/13/2013 1:58:42 PM
I find myself wondering why teenage boys can't decide on the color or make and model of car let alone get the license plate number.

That negative Nelly thing said, I am thrilled the girl is safe now.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 2:08:06 PM
I am thankful the little girl is safe but if those boys got close enough to see her in the car why in the heck didn't they memorize the license plate number to perhaps save another child from the same monster.


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Posted: 7/13/2013 4:10:55 PM
"I find myself wondering why teenage boys can't decide on the color or make and model of car let alone get the license plate number. "

The car could be old enough to not be in production anymore and the paint faded such to make the color difficult to identify. The 1983 Buick that one of my friends has would be hard for teen boys to identify make, model and color. Every other car like that has been junked out by now I think.

Good for those boys!! Poor baby girl.... That she was any kind of assaulted makes me hope that man has something horrible waiting right around the corner for him.

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