Florida Boy Jumps Out Of Moving Car To Escape Alleged Kidnapper
Timothy Miller is facing multiple charges in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a 12-year-old boy.
A 12-year-old boy escaped an alleged kidnapping attempt in Florida by jumping out of a moving truck, according to MSN.
The boy reportedly told police he had just gotten off the school bus in Boynton Beach, Florida, on Wednesday when a man driving a white pickup truck stopped and offered him a ride.
Police later identified the man as 26-year-old Timothy H. Miller, according to a probable cause affidavit cited by MSN.
Miller reportedly faces charges of kidnapping, resisting arrest with violence, and child neglect.
The affidavit alleges that after asking the boy if he wanted a ride, Miller told him he "gives kids rides all the time and not to worry because he won't do anything weird."
Because, according to the boy, Miller "seemed nice and had a friendly smile," he got in the truck. But when Miller then looked at him "strangely" and asked if he had drugs, the affidavit states the boy tried to open the passenger door to escape.
That's when cops say Miller sped up and the boy opened the door and jumped out of the moving vehicle.
The boy told police he hit his head on the pavement and believes he was unconscious for a short period.
Several people stepped up to intervene, including a witness who followed Miller's truck and blocked the vehicle in until police arrived, authorities said.
Although authorities said Miller violently resisted arrest, they were eventually able to take him into custody.
Miller allegedly told investigators he wanted to buy drugs from the boy, and that he had believed the child was between 14 and 16 years old.
"We are grateful to the Good Samaritans who assisted us with taking Miller into custody, the Boynton Police Department wrote in a post on Facebook.
"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."