NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 12-year-old boy who was among the three on Long Island who reported to police what appeared to be an abduction spoke out about what happened on Sunday.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, although it turned out to be a prank, the three young men are being credited for helping a stranger when they saw a woman who was jogging being forced into a van in Selden.

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“The man in the white shirt grabs her by the mouth and the man in the gray shirt grabs her by the waist and throws her in the van,” Anthony Foraci told Hall.

Foraci said he began to run as fast as he could to try and get the license plate.

“Which I was not able to do considering it was too far away,” he said. “After that we found a police officer on the side of the road, so I waved him over and I told him everything that happened and I gave him my information.”

It turned out that the woman’s friends were playing a prank on her, and she was never in danger, Hall reported.

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But Foraci’s mother said she is very proud he stepped forward to help.

“This is what we’ve taught him, you know, help others,” she said.

Police commended Foraci and his two friends — Liam Wobler, 15, Sean Martinez, 12 — for providing articulate, observant, and extensive details to detectives.

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