11-Year-Old Saves Young Neighbor From Being Abducted; He's A Hero!

To many parents, there is nothing more terrifying than the thought that one day your child could just disappear. Someone could snatch your little one, and you might never see him or her again, or know what happened to your little one.

For some, it's a fate even worse than death for everyone involved. But thanks to one little boy, a family was spared from that horrible fate.

T.J. Smith was playing outside of his home in Wichita Falls, Texas when he noticed something strange. The 11-year-old boy noticed his 7-year-old neighbor playing on her scooter when someone passed by and grabbed her. Alarms went off in T.J.'s head
"She was riding her scooter and he picked her up and started walking," T.J. told Channel 6 News. "And I chased after him. I thought it was her cousin or somebody."
Even though he thought maybe the girl knew the man, it's a good thing T.J. didn't just ignore it. By going to check, he was able to determine that something was very wrong. He ran to another neighbor's home.

Brad Ware, a friend of T.J. and a father himself, heard a knock on the door, and opened it to find a frantic T.J. telling him that someone just got snatched.
"Brad, Brad, some guy just kidnapped this little girl," T.J. told him.
Ware rushed out to help and started following the man.
"So I ran out the door," Ware told Channel 6. "By the time I got out the door, I ran about a quarter of the way down the alley, and I said well, forget that, turned around and went back in the house and got the keys."

Ware's wife was home, and she headed to the car with him as he told her what was going on. Meanwhile, T.J. rushed to sound the alarm to more neighbors, and a search party was quickly formed. They tracked him to an abandoned home. T.J. arrived first and told adults, "He went behind the house."
Ware and his wife went around the house after him and spotted the man. He looked like he was about to put the child in through a window.
"My wife yelled at him and told him to put the child down," Ware said.
The suspect dropped the child and tried to run. Ware gave chase. "I caught him in the street and kicked him in the groin when I had him.... He ran across the street, he hit the grass and that’s when I tackled him," Ware said.
His wife grabbed the little girl. Ware held the man there on the lawn until police showed up.
The suspect was later identified as 26-year-old Raeshawn Perez. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping. He admitted to the detectives that he had wanted to have sex with the little girl, but planned to return her to her home.

"This incident right here was an eye-opener you know," Ware told KAUZ. "Because it could happen to anyone."
T.J. is a true hero, however. Neighbor Pamela Brown had nothing but praise for him. "For him to go by himself like that and chase a man, that was awesome, but also it was scary too," she said. "He could have got him too."

Source: Aplus, Washington Post
Photos: Newschannel 6 Screenshot, CBS6, YouTube Screenshots

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