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Teen Who Was Once A 'Hero' Now Arrested For Robbery

| by Zara Zhi
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A Pennsylvania teenager who once saved a 5-year-old girl from a kidnapping has now been arrested for armed robbery.

In July 2013, Temar Boggs and another teen were hailed as heroes for thwarting the kidnapping of a young girl after the story went viral.

The two boys rode their bikes in search of Jocelyn Rojas when she went missing from her front yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They were able to locate the girl in a sedan about a half-mile away. Although the driver was elusive, he eventually gave up after realizing that he was being tailed.

"He stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom," Boggs said.

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The suspect, who is still at large, let the girl out and drove off, reported CNN.

“He's our hero,” Jocelyn's grandmother, Tracey Clay, said of Boggs. “There [are] just no words to say.”

The little girl’s family took turns hugging Boggs, thanking him for his heroic actions.

"I just feel like I did something very accomplishing today," said Boggs at the time.

In an ironic twist, Boggs, now 18, has confessed to using a firearm to hold up a store and demand cash from the clerk on Dec. 17, 2015.

Lancaster city police released surveillance footage of the robbery suspects. Boggs and an accomplice ran away with about $200, according to WGAL.

Authorities received tips that the robbery was carried out by Boggs and 16-year-old Yamel Yelverton. Several witnesses identified the teens as the suspects in the photos.

In June, Boggs pleaded guilty to felony counts of robbery and conspiracy. Yamel, who acted as the look out, was also charged. His case is pending.

Almost three years ago, there was an Indigogo scholarship campaign to raise money for Boggs and the other teen who helped save the little girl. The campaign raised $19,787 -- over $9,000 more than the initial goal.

"Thank you once again may god bless you and your family and everyone whom helped and thought of my son. We will always be grateful for your kind act,” wrote Boggs’ mother.

However, it is uncertain where the money went or how it was spent.

Sources: CNN, WGAL, Indigogo / Photo credit: Guardian Liberty Voice

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