Some people would have you believe all black teenagers are suspicious criminals, but that’s simply untrue. There are plenty of black male teens who demonstrate compassion and character by fighting crime. Two black teenage boys, Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia, stopped a man from abducting a 5 year-old girl in their Lancaster Township, Pennsylvania neighborhood.
They chased a man in a car around the neighborhood on their bicycles once they realized an abducted girl was inside that had been missing for two hours. Prior to the chase, police described the girl to people in the area to see if anyone had seen her. Boggs had a gut feeling he might find the girl and went looking for her along with his friend, Chris. When Boggs spotted a girl who matched that description in the car, the boys commenced to follow the driver, an old white man.
“Every time we would go down the street, he would turn back around, and we’d go back and follow him,” said Boggs, who is only 15 years old. The driver looked at Boggs and Garcia, and then, let the little girl out near her home and sped off.
When she was finally let go, the girl ran to Boggs’ arms “and said, ‘I need to see my mommy,” he told Lancaster Online. Staff writer Dan Nephin reports: “[Boggs] then 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.”
Now that the little girl is home safe, her grandmother told WGAL: “[Boggs] is our hero. I mean, there’s no words to say.”
Boggs humbly doesn’t see himself as a hero, telling Lancaster Online: “I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do. 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. It was a blessing for me to make that happen.”
His mother, Tamika Boggs, however, beamed with pride: “You just hope you raise your child the right way. … He’s learning what I tell him, to help others,” she said.
Boggs speaks about his good deed here: