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Teen heroes in girl's abduction recognized on U.S. House floor

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Temar Boggs is one of two teens credited with saving a 5-year-old girl from her abductor. Temar Boggs is one of two teens credited with saving a 5-year-old girl from her abductor.
WASHINGTON (WHTM) -

Two teenagers who heroically saved a 5-year-old Lancaster County girl from her abductor have been recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) praised Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia for their efforts Friday morning.

Pitts told fellow House members that while the teens might not think of themselves as heroes, they certainly are.

Boggs and Garcia spotted the girl in a car about two hours after she was taken from the yard of a Lancaster Township home last week, allegedly by a convicted sex offender, and gave chase on their bicycles.

Pitts told the House that Boggs and Garcia "relentlessly chased the driver on their bikes for 15 furious minutes," and that the driver finally released the girl and drove away after "recognizing that the boys wouldn't give up."

The girl immediately ran to the boys asking for her mother, Pitts said.

He said that thanks to Boggs and Garcia, the girl is home and the suspect is in custody.

"If he wasn't gonna stop, I was probably gonna jump in the middle of the car," Boggs told abc27 News last week. "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."

The girl's alleged abductor, 73-year-old Harold Leroy Herr, was arraigned Wednesday on 11 criminal counts, including felony charges of sexual assault, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors.

According to charging documents, Herr approached the girl and told her: 'You are pretty. I think I'm going to keep you," and then grabbed her by the neck and forced her into the car. He later ordered the child to remove her clothing and threatened to kill her if she refused.

Herr was a registered as a sex offender due to a 1990 rape conviction. Authorities said he served the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for abducting and raping another girl.

If convicted on all charges in the latest case, prosecutors said he faces a maximum sentence of more than 100 years in prison. He is being held in the Lancaster County Prison without bail.

The story of the girl's rescue has gained national attention. Mary O'Donnell, from western New York, was so moved by the heroics of Boggs and Garcia that she set up a scholarship fund for the teens - even though she does not know them or the girl's family.

O'Donnell set up a website to collect money during a 60-day campaign. The goal is to raise $10,000 that will be divided equally between the teens.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be made at www.indiegogo.com/projects/reward-the-heroes-scholarship-fund?c=home.

 

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