Temar Boggs and his friend were helping "an old lady" move a couch on Thursday when a man approached and asked if they'd seen the missing girl. The teens said they hadn't, and went back to what they were doing.
A short time later they noticed police and neighbors searching the neighborhood and decided to help. "We got all of our friends to go look for her. We made our own little search party," Boggs, 15, said Saturday.
Though he didn't know the girl or her family, he and his friends searched nearby woods and along a creek where the girl may have gone. When they returned to the neighborhood, there were more police and news crews.
A friend asked Boggs to watch his bike, and Boggs decided to use the bike to ride the streets with his friend, Chris Garcia, to continue searching.
That's when Boggs spotted a maroon car that got to the top of a hill where police were positioned, and turned around to avoid them. The driver, an older man, then began weaving in and out of side streets.
The boys gave chase on their bikes for about fifteen minutes, getting close enough to see the little girl in the car. The driver looked at Boggs and Garcia, who continued to chase him until he stopped and pushed the girl out of the car, then drove off.
"She runs to my arms and said, 'I need to see my mommy'," Boggs said. When they returned to authorities, the girl was reluctant to leave Boggs and go with the firefighter and police officer.
"She didn't want to leave me because she thought they were going to do something to her. I said, 'No, it's OK,'" Boggs said.
Police said that the abductor took the girl for ice cream, and that there were indications of an assault. Authorities are continuing to search for her abductor.
The girl's family have called the boys heroes. But Boggs said "I'm just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do."
"It was like fate, it was like meant for me and Chris to be there. If we wouldn't have left [to look for the girl] who knows what would have happened to the little girl," he said. "It was a blessing for me to make that happen."
His mother, Tamika Boggs, is proud of her son. "You just hope you raise your child the right way. He's learning what I tell him, to help others," she said.