TJ Smith, an 11-year-old boy from Texas, is being hailed as a hero, as police say he was instrumental in the rescuing of a seven-year-old girl from the grasp of a suspected child predator.
In Witchita Falls on Saturday, a seven-year-old girl was riding her scooter along Elizabeth Avenue on Saturday when a man came up to her, picked her up, and started walking away.
TJ, who was playing nearby, said initially he thought the stranger was a relative of the girl, but when he realized that something was amiss, he took action.
Thinking quickly, TJ stopped by the home of his neighbor, Brad Ware, and told him of the abduction. Ware and his wife immediately hopped in their car to look for the suspect.
With the help of neighbors, Ware and his wife tracked down the kidnapper, Raeshawn Perez, at a vacant home nearby. TJ was already there waiting, and he told Ware the suspect and the girl were in an alley behind the residence.
Ware’s wife then yelled at Perez to let the girl go just as he was about to carry her into the empty house through a window. The suspect took off running, but Ware was able to catch him and subdue him until authorities arrived.
Who Is TJ Smith?
TJ Smith, an 11-year-old boy from Texas, helped rescue a seven-year-old girl from the clutches of a suspected sexual predator.
Ware says if it were not for TJ’s valiant actions, this story might have had a very different ending.
“He’s the one that more or less saved this kid from being killed or raped,” Ware told KFDX.