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Two Teens Help Rescue Kidnapping Victim
nbc/dfw ^ | Sept 5, 2013 | Scott Gordon

Posted on 09/05/2013 7:05:04 AM PDT by tuffydoodle

A woman who was kidnapped and forced into her car by a gunman in downtown Dallas two weeks ago managed to get the attention of two teenagers in a nearby car by mouthing the words, "Help me," according to a dramatic 911 call released Wednesday.

The teens called police, and officers rescued the woman within minutes.

"Yes, I'm on the highway," Aaron Arias first told a Kaufman County Sheriff's Office dispatcher. "I'm witnessing a robbery; not a robbery -- a kidnapping."

Arias, a 19-year-old college student, and Jamal Harris, 17, a Seagoville high school student, noticed the woman in the back seat of her car at a stoplight in Seagoville.

"It's me and another guy, so we're checking out the girl in the backseat because we're like, 'OK, she's kind of attractive,'" Arias said. "And then, all of the sudden, you know, the guy is turned back, looking at us."

The woman looked panicked and was "saying 'Help me' or something, whispering it," he told the 911 operator.

The woman, 25, was kidnapped on Aug. 25 near Bryan Street after she left a downtown office building.

The 911 tape of the incident and a video recording from a sheriff's deputy's dashboard camera were released Wednesday after NBC 5 filed an open records request.

Arias and the other teenager followed the woman's car down U.S. 175 until police caught up with them in Kaufman.

"Oh my God, I'm hoping the car behind me is a police officer," Arias said. "Nope, it's not. Oh my God."

But within seconds, officers arrived and pulled over the car with the woman and the man accused of kidnapping her.

"Thank God. You guys are awesome," Arias said. "Oh my God. Oh my God. Get him! Oh my God."

The suspect, Charles Atkins Lewis Jr., remains in jail on $50,000 bond. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping.

The woman was checked by paramedics but was unhurt.

Arias, a freshman at Texas A&M in Texarkana. ironically got a tattoo of the comic book character Deadpool the day before, he said in a telephone interview.

Arias said he met the woman at the scene after the rescue.

"She hugs us," he remembered. "I would describe it as the best hug I have ever gotten."

He said he hopes to stay in contact with the woman but doesn't want to interfere with the investigation or court case.

Asked whether he considered himself a hero, he 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."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dallas; kidnapping; racial
This is a horrifying story but has a happy ending. Those boys are heroes for saving that woman's life. With that being said, if the races were reversed, it would be seen as a hate crime.
1 posted on 09/05/2013 7:05:04 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: tuffydoodle

They were checking her out. Good looks have benefits.


2 posted on 09/05/2013 7:08:14 AM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Sybeck1

Don’t be so CYNICAL!


3 posted on 09/05/2013 7:16:02 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: tuffydoodle

Nice to see a happy ending once in a while. I hope those boys continue to do what is right.


4 posted on 09/05/2013 7:17:40 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: tuffydoodle

Didn’t see any description of the criminal, the victim, or the rescuers. Must have been in the complete article.

Anyway, I was wondering when I saw the title - what does “teens” mean here?


5 posted on 09/05/2013 7:19:30 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
Anyway, I was wondering when I saw the title - what does “teens” mean here?

Teens acting in a responsible manner, not identified by race, therefore, most likely white.

Just the opposite skin color of 'troubled teens'.

6 posted on 09/05/2013 7:23:37 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (SWAT stands for Storing Weapons for patriots to Attack Tyranny.)
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To: bandleader

“so we’re checking out the girl in the backseat because we’re like, ‘OK, she’s kind of attractive,’”


7 posted on 09/05/2013 7:24:41 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (SWAT stands for Storing Weapons for patriots to Attack Tyranny.)
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To: tuffydoodle

What’s ironic about Deadpool? He is a mercenary who talks a lot. Is that why? Because she talks? Well okay...


8 posted on 09/05/2013 7:26:14 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Jamal Harris sounds white to you?

You’re reading far too much into the story. Black teens do act responsibly. Yea, the ones who don’t have a media that covers for them but that’s just wrong to assume socially responsible kids are white.


9 posted on 09/05/2013 7:28:29 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Sybeck1

Good looks may have got her saved, but it’s also what likely got her in the situation in the first place. Lucky that she was noticed by the two teenagers, but unlucky that she was noticed by the kidnapper.


10 posted on 09/05/2013 7:29:20 AM PDT by Burkean (.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Teens acting in a responsible manner, not identified by race, therefore, most likely white.

White guy named Jamal without a Middle Eastern last name?

11 posted on 09/05/2013 7:30:16 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: tuffydoodle
Good men. If they were of age, I'd say buy these folks a drink. Most people try and put these are out of sight and out of mind.
12 posted on 09/05/2013 7:31:56 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: MrB

There is a video at the linked article. Victim is white, kidnapper is black, the teens doing the rescuing were 1 black and 1 white.


13 posted on 09/05/2013 7:41:17 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: Bogey78O

The local news played the 911 tape last night. The heroes are AA teens for sure. Good for them.


14 posted on 09/05/2013 7:46:39 AM PDT by Ancient Man
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To: tuffydoodle

Good for those guys.


15 posted on 09/05/2013 7:47:39 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: tuffydoodle

I think these boys are “guilty” of profiling.

If the perp had been white they may not have thought it was so unusual that a white girl was in the back seat.

But they noticed something didn’t look right, and so they noticed the stressed demeanor of the girl.

Profiling saved her life.


16 posted on 09/05/2013 7:48:24 AM PDT by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: tuffydoodle

What have they learned about this perp? Chances are this is NOT the first time he did this.


17 posted on 09/05/2013 7:51:24 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Bogey78O

I had to look it up. The boys are being hailed as heroes. Deadpool is described in wiki as an “anti-hero”.


18 posted on 09/05/2013 7:59:31 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: MrB

One of the teens who helped the woman is white, and one is black. The victim is white. The kidnapper is black.


19 posted on 09/05/2013 8:03:51 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: Burkean; Sybeck1

Wonderful story.

But it’s a fair question about the looks. Perps like this guy have done harm to all kinds of women. Women in their 90’s, for crying out loud. So it’s fair to ask, if the woman in the back seat had been “unattractive,” i.e., not appealing to these two young men, would she have received more than a fleeting glace, enough to get a message across? Or an old woman, saying “help me?” Hard to say, given how important looks are in our culture.


20 posted on 09/05/2013 8:38:25 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: tuffydoodle

God bless these young men — and their natural attraction to a woman’s good looks.

But would it have been too much for the idiot writer to have explained the following for those of us who are adults and, therefore, do not read comic books anymore?

...ironically got a tattoo of the comic book character Deadpool the day before....


21 posted on 09/05/2013 9:05:05 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Bogey78O

Black teens do act responsibly. Yea, the ones who don’t have a media that covers for them but that’s just wrong to assume socially responsible kids are white.

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You are exactly right.


22 posted on 09/05/2013 9:06:36 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Bogey78O

There are probably as many good ‘black’ kids , percentage wise, are there are true white Conservative Americans.


23 posted on 09/05/2013 9:37:43 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Did you read about the black kids that paid their bill even though the cashier wasn’t at the register? Don’t put too much into skin color.


24 posted on 09/05/2013 10:02:55 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Did you read about the black kids that paid their bill even though the cashier wasn’t at the register? Don’t put too much into skin color.


25 posted on 09/05/2013 10:02:55 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

What’s amazing is that being honest is so rare that it makes the news. Boggles the mind.


26 posted on 09/06/2013 7:12:07 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: tuffydoodle

What was rare about that story is that the store was closed and the six teenage kids instead of having a free for all, got a couple of things, put the money on the counter and walked out. Yes, they were black.


27 posted on 09/06/2013 8:20:16 AM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: B4Ranch

Honesty shouldn’t be so shocking that it makes the news, that’s the only point I was trying to make.


28 posted on 09/06/2013 12:14:06 PM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: tuffydoodle

That was yesteryear. Today, we live in a much different world.


29 posted on 09/06/2013 12:20:13 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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