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Please help me!"...a scrap of paper saves a girl's life

Using a piece of paper with the words "Help me," an American teenager managed to escape her kidnappers.

Police said a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped in Texas and rescued in southern California when passersby saw her in a parked car, holding a note asking for help. Police added, in a press statement, Thursday, that the rescue operation took place on July 9, south of Los Angeles, when passers-by saw the girl inside a car carrying a paper that read “Help me,” and they immediately informed the police.

According to the US Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, Steven Robert Sablan, 61, of Texas, was arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges of kidnapping and transporting a minor with intent to engage in "criminal sexual activity."

Police said the victim was near a bus stop in San Antonio, Texas, on July 6, when the suspect approached her, pointed a gun at her, and demanded she get into his car.

"Investigators have concluded that the girl was sexually assaulted while being brought to California," she added.

The girl was placed in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, while the FBI subsequently took charge of the investigation

Published on 7-22-2023 - Source - Bint Jbeil website


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