Authorities in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, are looking for a suspect in the kidnapping of 5-year-old Jocelyn Rojas, who was rescued by two teenagers who followed the kidnapper's vehicle on their bicycles, WGAL television said Monday.
The girl was playing last Thursday in the front yard of her grandfather's apartment complex when she disappeared.
Authorities believe that the kidnapper offered her ice cream to lure her to his car.
For about two hours, neighbors and the police scoured the area searching for the girl, WGAL added.
Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia, both 15, were helping a friend move a sofa in the neighborhood when police officers passed by asking if anyone had seen the missing girl.
Garcia, Boggs and other teenagers launched their own search on their bicycles in a nearby wooded area where there is a stream, and there they spotted a dark red automobile, a man with white hair and a small girl.
The two teenagers followed the vehicle for about 15 minutes until, after making several trips through the neighborhood and noticing that they were following him, the man stopped the car, opened the door and pushed the girl out onto the street.
"As soon as the guy started noticing we were chasing him, he stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom," Temar told the TV station.
Boggs carried Jocelyn on his shoulder and took her to the police, who contacted her family.
Police are searching for the suspect, described as white and between 50 and 70 years old, WGAL said.
The man, who was using a cane, was wearing tennis shoes and green sports clothing, along with a red and white striped shirt. EFE