Heroic Teen Girl Stops 8-Year-Old Boy From Being Kidnapped by Sex Offender (VIDEO)

teen girl saves boyMarisa Martinez, 13, was playing basketball with a neighbor and a friend when she saw an adult man run and scoop up an 8-year-old boy from his driveway, where he was hanging out. Marisa told the local news station in Modesto, California, that she was scared, but her instincts had kicked in when she went and pulled on the kidnapper, all the while screaming for her mother.

Marisa got a hold of the boy and the kidnapper ran away. He was later caught by police a few blocks away and has been identified as 32-year-old John Jenkins, a registered sex offender.

Police are shocked by Marisa's move and are astonished that the kidnapper didn't harm her. Her extremely risky and dangerous move paid off, though. The boy was unharmed and the perp is now behind bars.

Marisa's being hailed a hero, and rightfully so. She had no idea that Jenkins was a sex offender, but she did know that something was wrong. Her actions not only saved the boy from certain harm, but probably saved his life, as well. As The Huffington Post points out, of those kidnappings where the child is found dead, the murder usually happens within the first three hours of abduction.

Had Marisa not acted, who knows what horrors, or what fate, the boy faced in the hands of Jenkins. She was in the position to help, and she did what she knew she had to do. It must have been incredibly frightening, but Marisa was as brave as a soldier.

Not only did she save a little boy, but she's also responsible for the capture of a sick individual out to harm kids. Jenkins has been charged with kidnapping and child molestation.

Marisa Martinez, you rock.



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ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

Good for her! I'm glad there are still teens out there who care about people. Most don't seem to. That being said, this is why I never let my kids out of my sight. People may think I'm paranoid. But I'd rather have my kids alive and well.

Serab... Serabelle

She is very brave! I'm glad she and the boy are safe. She could have been hurt, but sex offenders are usually cowards, and when confronted will run vs risk getting caught.

pippi311 pippi311

This girl is a true hero. We need more in the world like her!

nonmember avatar J

What an amazing young lady! She shows maturity and courage beyond her years. You want to keep your children in your site at all times, but it just isn't practical and they will never learn freedom, independance and growth. You aren't helping them perpare for 18 and the real world. I have a 10 year old step son and 8 year old step daughter. We let them play out front with the neighbor kids. Our blinds are up, we only have the screen door, they have certain houses within site that they are allowed to ride their bikes back and forth from and we probably peer out the window far more than they will ever know but at some point you have to give them some freedom. Just scary!

nonmember avatar Bookworm51485

This is the second girl I've seen do this. It's sad that the first didn't get much attention or credit, but both showed a lot of bravery, maybe a little too much, in going after these guys and protecting a younger child from a predator.

Sierra Tarver

And they want to make pedophilia a sexual orientation as if it's okay...pshh

Im so happy she saved that little boy!!!! 

Kelly White

what a hero and a awesome job she is so brave to do something like that to save a boy life from the kidnapper!!!

nonmember avatar tracie

omg this gave me the chills seriously wow so happy not only the little boy didnt get hurt but also this hero wow she must have wonderful parents they really are raising a wonderful little lady.

Jefrey Giron

and the sex offender is out in 5 yrs at most fuck child molesters they never learn just end their misery they're permanently fucked in the head

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