Hero Teen Temar Boggs Rescues Abducted Girl

Temar Boggs
Temar Boggs, 15, is being hailed as a hero in his Lancaster Township, Pennsylvania home, after he rescued a five-year-old girl from her abductor.

Boggs was hanging with friends Thursday when they were approached by a man who asked them if they had seen Jocelyn Rojas, the little girl who had gone missing that day. The teen and his friend, Chris Garcia, decided to help look for the girl and set off on their bikes. As they searched for the missing girl, a maroon car caught the attention of Temar Boggs. Police officers were at the scene and gathered in the street outside the apartment when Rojas lived. Boggs noticed the maroon car approach the scene and then turn around, after which, it began to travel erratically up and down nearby side streets. Boggs decided to investigate and set off after the suspicious car. He could see Jocelyn Rojas in the back of the car and he also got a look at the driver, an older white man.

The man driving the car clearly became aware of the two teen boys following him on their bikes, as he stopped the car and allowed Rojas to get out. After a moment, Rojas ran up to Boggs and told him that she needed her mom. Boggs and Garcia then took the girl to police officers.

The suspect disappeared at that time but was arrested Friday. Police attributed his arrest in part to the description provided to them by the teen boys and by the abducted girl herself. 73-year-old Harold Leroy Herr, who had previously served a long prison term for a similar crime, had abducted the girl from outside her grandmother’s house earlier that day. According to the girl, Herr threatened to kill her and took her to an, as yet, unknown location, before sexually assaulting her. When he returned with her to the neighborhood from which he abducted her, he was attempting to avoid drawing the attention of the police when he, instead, drew the attention of hero teen Boggs.┬áIt appears that Herr had intended to drop Rojas off close to where he grabbed her. The heavy police presence, however, might have caused him to abandon the idea, so the actions of Temar Boggs may, potentially, have saved her life.

Harold Herr faces multiple charges, including kidnapping and aggravated indecent assault. It has been reported that he denies all the charges. He was initially arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. Under the provisions of Megan’s Law, sex offenders are required to register every quarter and Herr had failed to register for the last quarter. He was positively identified by the boys and by Rojas herself. According to a report in Lancaster Online, Herr had served eleven years in prison for abducting and raping a 5-year-old girl in 1989. He was paroled in 1999. After he was found to be in possession of photographs of minors, he was taken back to prison to serve the rest of his term. He was finally released in 2010.


By Graham J Noble

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14 Responses to "Hero Teen Temar Boggs Rescues Abducted Girl"

  1. Milan Ondrak   June 14, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Temar, you are a brave spirited young man and deserve respect and gratitude. You and your friends performed a truely selfless act and saved that girls life. Herold Herr deserves chemical castration and a prison term that doesn’t and until he has died. I wish Temar and his friends the best of luck in their future endeavours and hope they keep that community spirit.

  2. Amanda   March 26, 2015 at 10:12 am

    We need more young people like this in our messed up world. Praise God for this little girl being rescued and for giving Temar Boggs and the other boys that were with him hearts to care for others. He is truly a hero! As for Herold Herr lock him up and throw away the key..some people never change and I pray he never gets out of jail.

  3. Joleen Bolam   June 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Wow what a hero this boy is.without his bravery and fast actions this girl would probably be dead or have been subjected to more torture from the hands of the sick old pedophile and he’d probably not have been caught.i think Temar deserves a lot more credit, like life changing credit not a pat on the back.i only wish there were more police officers with this boys brains and courage.may he have a happy and bright future I’m sure he will have. Respect

  4. diane   March 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    so many young black men are regarding as thugs, this should have made headlines every where , the media always focuses on the negative ,

  5. Lesley Eland-Blake   January 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Why has this gotten so little recognition? I just heard about this via Facebook. I live in Ohio and did not hear a single word about this on the news. Those boys are heroes!

  6. Kirsten   December 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

    So impressed with these caring young men.Temar seems to have a gift of some sort, a kind of second sight…amazing how this played out. I wonder how man little girls this dirty old man hurt this way…

  7. Sherry Lee   December 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    just found out about this, I live in wyoming. Way to go boys! words aren’t enough but it’s all i have, so pat yourselves on the back a few times. And raping 5 year olds ought to be the death sentence, problem solved

  8. B.E.Venners   December 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Temar Boggs, I intend to remember your name forever. You’re a hero to a little girl and a pillar of your community. Thank you for setting a remarkable example for your peers and for all of us.

  9. Dennis   December 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Good job Temar and Chris!

  10. Branden Johnson   December 4, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Men that Think’s & Show’s sickning Action’s in The Community – Should Be Over Ruled In Court By All Mean’s For More Punishable condition’s. Police Should Have Good Case in Court to Put Him Away In Prison / Mental Treament Long As Possible . Great Job to This Guy for his Bravery & Encouraging Action’s.

  11. Callie   December 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Really, thats all you have to say about this report? About the boys’ names? The man should have never have been released from prison. It is clear that in this case the time in prison was not sufficient enough, nor the horrors endured extreme enough. Cut off his parts and break every finger he used to abuse that young girl. There will never be justice, but at least there would be the promise of it never happening again.

  12. Evita   December 3, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Says Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia.

  13. udi   December 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    There were two boys but only one is mentioned by name. Why?

    • Graham Noble   December 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Excuse me, but I mentioned both by name…although I only mentioned one in the title.


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