A 12-year-old Florida boy jumped out of his kidnapper’s moving vehicle after being lured into the man’s truck walking home from a school bus stop.
The Boynton Beach Police Department in Florida responded to 500 W. Gateway Blvd. Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 21, after receiving multiple 911 calls that a man just kidnapped a 12-year-old boy, WFLA reported.
The boy said, when he was dropped off by his school bus and started walking home, Timothy Miller, 26, pulled up next to him in a white pickup truck and offered him a ride.
At first, the child thought Miller seemed friendly. Miller said he gives children rides all the time and “not to worry because he won’t do anything weird.”
But when the boy got into Miller’s truck, he began to act differently. The child began to feel uncomfortable and scared after Miller asked him for drugs, looked at him strangely, and driving erratically, the police said.
When the boy tried opening his passenger side door, Miller sped up the truck to keep him from jumping and told him he wasn’t allowed to leave, the boy said. He jumped, landing hard on the pavement and briefly losing consciousness.
Two witnesses driving behind Miller’s truck at the time said they saw the boy jump from the vehicle. Because they saw good Samaritans providing aid to the boy, they decided to follow the white truck, which didn’t stop after the boy jumped.
The witnesses followed Miller’s truck south onto I-95, and off again at another exit. They blocked the truck and detained him until the police arrived, the report said.
Miller violently resisted arrest, but was eventually taken into custody and charged with kidnapping, resisting arrest, and child neglect, the police said. Miller was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.
Officers caught up with the boy and he had abrasions on his forehead, arms, and legs.
“We encourage parents to use this as an opportunity to remind their children about the dangers of getting into a car with someone they do not know,” the Boynton Beach Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.