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

2:53 pm - 07/15/2013
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.

tiddlywinks103 15th-Jul-2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
What a good boy. Fucking fantastic.
thistlerose 15th-Jul-2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
"I'm just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do," he said.

If only that were true. What an awesome, conscientious young man.
tadashee 15th-Jul-2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
gambitia 15th-Jul-2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
Good on you, Temar Boggs.
mickeym 15th-Jul-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Rock on, Temar Boggs. What an awesome kid you are :)
furrygreen 15th-Jul-2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
"I'm just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do," he said.

Unfortunately, I don't think this is the case much lately. People seem too afraid of seeming like they're going to get charged with something if they try to help a kid in trouble. Sorry. That was my misanthropy showing.

Good on this kid! Chased the guy on his bike? That's fucking impressive.
nitasee 15th-Jul-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
I heard this story before I went to work. I also heard that an anonymous donor was so taken with the boys that he or she has set up a scholarship for Boggs and Garcia.

One good thing leading to another.
otana 15th-Jul-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
God, if I wasn't crying already I am now.
darsynia 16th-Jul-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
tadashee 15th-Jul-2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Absolutely lovely. Thank you temar Boggs.
gloraelin 15th-Jul-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
A-fucking-plus, man. This kid's gonna go far, and he rightfully should. And I'm so so glad that little girl was found/rescued by someone who cared so much.


that said:
"Police said later that the abductor took the little girl for ice cream, and that there were indications of an assault."

*flips a table* GOD FUCKING DAMN IT.
tabaqui 15th-Jul-2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
Good on him and his friend. They were brave and resourceful and did the right thing.
helethmiel 15th-Jul-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
What a good kid. Did an amazing thing, and he's so down to earth about it as well. I hope he goes far in his endeavors to be an athlete/designer/chef.
lied_ohne_worte 15th-Jul-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
It's horrible that one has to say that in a post like this one, but do not read the comments at the source.
lovedforaday 15th-Jul-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
that's a given whenever the story is about a black person or people.
teaoli TW: mentions of racism, politicising, out-right lying16th-Jul-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
I disagree with this advice so much. I want anyone who can read those comments without being triggered to absolutely read those comments. I want them to become as outraged as I by reading them. And I want those who have access to speak up there.

I'm working out how to have access so that I can comment. I thought it was especially important for me to do so after I read this when applying for an account:

DISQUS is a conversation network

• Disqus never moderates or censors. The rules on this community are its own.

• Your email is safe with us. It's only used for moderation and optional notifications.

• Don't be a jerk or do anything illegal. Everything is easier that way.

Because if no one reads the horrible comments and no one refutes them (remember, there's no censoring there, and although the second point said emails are used for moderating, the first said there wasn't any moderating going on), only the people making horrible comments have voices and that is a choice I'm not willing to make right now. (However, I understand that others might not be able to choose as I have.)

Can we say, instead, "It's horrible that one has to say that in a post like this one, but be careful reading the comments at the source. There's racism and politicising and out-right lying going on"?

ETA: After failing to find a username I was happy with via Disqus, I signed up directly with Lancaster Online. Based on their ToS, I believe they moderate. But I still think it's important not to ask people not to read what's being said there while warning them about what's being said there.

Edited at 2013-07-16 01:35 am (UTC)
roseofjuly 16th-Jul-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
If you skip that long ridiculous thread about the Zimmerman case, most of the comments are actually pretty positive.
moetushie 15th-Jul-2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
What a good kid. Helping his friend move and rescuing a little girl? His parents raised him right. I was just telling this story to my mom and she said tried to that with me and my sis... And failed. Lol, thanks mom.

Edited at 2013-07-15 09:27 pm (UTC)
louisiane_fille 15th-Jul-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
This is what a hero looks like.
wldrose 15th-Jul-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
and yet put a hoody on him and fill his hands with a paper bag at night and he is scary or at the very least worthy of stop and frisk.

He is a good kid and like many other good kids wont get the same breaks as others.
hinoema 15th-Jul-2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
MTE. This is the kind of kid Zimmerman would pursue for being 'thugs' that 'get away with it'.
its_anya 15th-Jul-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Brave, brave, brave kid. I think he'll go far.
alryssa 15th-Jul-2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
I needed this today. <3

Police said later that the abductor took the little girl for ice cream, and that there were indications of an assault.

Fucking scumbag.
natyanayaki 16th-Jul-2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Goooooooooooooo heroes!
teaoli 16th-Jul-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
Watching the video of this kid made me cry the first time I saw it. Because even though I don't think I'm the type to be overly moved by something like this, one of my nephews (who is seventeen years old and bears a remarkable resemblance to Temar Boggs) asked, "Do you think people would see me as a Temar or as a Trayvon?"

At first, I didn't even know what he meant, so I had to look up the story. And I still haven't gone back to give him more than "I don't know" even though I'm sure, now that I know the story, what my answer should be.
piratesswoop 16th-Jul-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
That puppy shirt :3

What a great kid.
starpiper 16th-Jul-2013 03:04 am (UTC)
This kid is an angel and a hero. That poor little girl, though...
kickballrussle6 16th-Jul-2013 04:24 am (UTC)
This amazing young man. So glad that they were able to find the little girl and get her to safety.
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