A 12-year-old Florida boy who jumped out of a pickup truck on Wednesday was spotted by witnesses who not only rescued him but apprehended his alleged abductor.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that the victim was walking home from school when he got into Timothy Miller’s truck. Shortly after that, Miller allegedly asked the boy if he had drugs and started driving recklessly, nearly veering off the road.
Police said Miller, 26, sped up every time the victim attempted to exit the truck via the passenger side door. Witnesses claimed they saw the boy leap out the truck and land face-first on Hypoluxo Road in Boynton Beach.
“At this point, we’re debating what to do now,” Angel Perez, 30, told the outlet. “My first instinct was ‘I gotta help this little kid,’ but also ‘this guy needs to go to jail, and he’s getting away.’”
Perez recalled looking into his rearview mirror and seeing someone tending to the boy—giving him the go-ahead to pursue Miller. He reportedly followed Miller on Interstate 95 for a mile-and-a-half before he got off the highway and stopped at a red light.
With 911 already called regarding the attempted kidnapping, Perez said he and his passenger pulled Miller from his truck. Two officers who were nearby assisted them in wrestling Miller to the ground, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The boy reportedly suffered abrasions on his forehead, arms, and legs. Miller told detectives that he approached the boy to purchase illegal drugs, believing he was 14 to 16 years old, according to WPTV.
Miller, who’s charged with kidnapping a child under the age of 13, child neglect, resisting arrest with violence, and DUI, remains jailed without bond.
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