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The 26-year-old suspect reportedly claimed he wanted to buy drugs from his victim
A 12-year-old kidnap victim escaped by jumping out of a moving pickup truck.
Here's what we know
Police in Boynton Beach, Florida, reported that 26-year-old Timothy Miller offered a ride to an unnamed 12-year-old boy who was on his way home from school. The boy told police that Miller had said that "he gives kids rides all the time and not to worry because he won't do anything weird, and began to smile at him."
In an admission that should make parents everywhere cringe in horror, the boy said he decided to climb into the stranger's vehicle because he "seemed nice and had a friendly smile."
Once they were both in the truck, Miller "began looking at [the boy] strangely, making him feel uncomfortable, and began driving erratically by almost running off the runway," according to the police report.
He also allegedly sped up to prevent the boy from being able to get out of the moving vehicle. Despite this, the boy managed to get the door open and jump out of the truck, where he was immediately seen by bystanders who rushed to help him.
Two other witnesses, once they saw that the boy was being taken care of, followed the truck, blocked it, and detained Miller "until BBPD arrived a short time later."
Miller reportedly told police that he thought he could buy drugs from the boy, who he claimed to believe was between 14 and 16 years old.
According to a police report filed by the Boynton Beach Police Department, Miller was charged with two felonies (kidnapping a child under 13 years old and child neglect), and a misdemeanor for "resisting with violence."
Miller is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail.
The police department said on Facebook that it encouraged "parents to use this as an opportunity to remind their children about the dangers of getting into a car with someone they do not know."
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