Teens Stop Kidnapping: Aaron Arias And Jamal Harris Dial 911 After Texas Woman Mouths ‘Help’ From Backseat Of Car
Teens stopped a kidnapping in Texas after they noticed a woman mouthing, "Help me," from the backseat of a moving car. The pair knew something fishy was going on, so they called 911 and followed the car until the police arrived and rescued the woman from her abductor.
According to NBC DFW, 19-year-old Aaron Arias and his 17-year-old friend Jamal Harris were driving down U.S. 175 when they spotted a woman in the backseat of a car who they thought was "attractive." After making eye contact with the woman, they noticed her whispering the words, "Help me." That's when they dialed the police.
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The incident occurred a few weeks ago, but recently released 911 tape recordings and video from an officer's squad car camera show all the details of the rescue.
"Yes, I'm on the highway, I'm witnessing ... a kidnapping," Arias told dispatchers in the 911 call released per a request by NBC 5. He told the dispatcher that the woman he saw in the backseat had a "serious expression" on her face, and that she looked to be in distress. The teens who stopped the kidnapping stayed on the phone with the 911 call center for miles until the police caught up with them.
When police stopped the vehicle carrying the young woman just outside Kaufman, a city about 34 miles southeast of downtown Dallas, they discovered that she had in fact been kidnapped. They immediately arrested the driver, Charles Atkins Lewis Jr., and took the 25-year-old woman, who has not been identified, to a paramedic. She was unharmed.
Earlier, the woman was leaving an office party in downtown Dallas when a stranger approached her. Gather reports that the man was carrying a gun and a knife, and proceeded to hit the woman on the back of the head and then force her into her own car before driving away with her.
Authorities arrested Charles Atkins Louis Jr. and charged him with aggravated kidnapping. He's now in jail on $50,000 bond.
Arias, a college student at Texas A&M, and Harris, a high school student, got huge hugs from the woman they helped rescue from her kidnapper. When NBC asked whether he considered himself a hero, Arias said, "She says we saved her life. I guess you could say we did. But I don't want to be that person who says they're a hero."
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