IRVINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a teen girl walking her dog heard screams coming from a car trunk, leading to the discovery of a man who was tied up inside the vehicle.
17-year-old Kayla Rose was walking her dog on Lindsley Avenue in Irvington, New Jersey, around 7:10 a.m. Thursday when she heard a scratching sound. The girl soon heard the sound again and said, “Hello?” and someone inside the trunk said, “Hello! Help me, help me, help me!”
Rose went and got her help from her neighbor, who called 911 while she ran home to tell her mom.
“When the fire department came he was tied up in the trunk,” mom Marie Banks said.
Authorities say the man told them he had been carjacked overnight by two people in Hillside and forced to withdraw money from ATMs.
Banks says his face was swollen and appeared to be beaten.
The timing of Kayla’s walk was critical. According the girl’s mother, the victim was in his 20s and was wearing only a hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants and boots – not enough to keep warm enough to survive for long in below-freezing temperatures.
Rose is relieved to hear the man she saved will be all right, she’s just hoping the suspects who attacked him are caught soon.
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