- Kayla Rose, 17, was walking her dog in Irvington, New Jersey, on Thursday morning when she heard knocking coming from the trunk of a nearby car.
- Upon investigating the noise, she realised a man was in the trunk of the vehicle and ran to get help.
- When the man was released from the trunk, police learned he had allegedly been carjacked, kidnapped, and forced to go to several ATMs before he was bound and put in the back of the car.
- Police are searching for suspects in connection to the alleged kidnapping.
A 17-year-old girl saved a man who was allegedly kidnapped when she heard him screaming from the trunk of a car as she walked her dog in suburban New Jersey.
Kayla Rose was walking her bichon-poodle mix named Milkshake in Irvington, New Jersey, on Thursday before school when she saved the man.
She had heard knocking and scratching from the trunk of a black Nissan parked on her block and decided to investigate.vvvvvvv
“I moved closer and said, ‘Hello?'” Rose told The New York Post. She said he responded: “Hello? I need some help.”
Rose told WABC that she then went to her neighbour’s house for help, and they called police.
The neighbour who called police, Joe Bollaro, told WABC that he tried to open the trunk with a crowbar but was unsuccessful.
Police arrived on scene and opened the locked trunk, where witnesses say the man was found tied up and beaten.
The man, who has not been publicly named, was taken to a hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Rose told The Post that the man looked like he was between 18 and 20 and had injuries on his forehead.
The man told police that he was kidnapped from nearby Hillside, New Jersey, and forced to take out cash from multiple ATMs before he was put in the trunk of the car, according to WABC.
Police told The Post that the victim was carjacked.
“He was shaken up, he was beat up,” Rose’s mother, Marie Banks, told WABC. “I guess he was very happy, thankful for my daughter that she found him.”
Banks called her daughter a “Hero.”
“How many times you hear people found dead in a trunk?” she told The Post.
Police are investigating the alleged kidnapping. A reward of up to $US10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment is being offered by the Union County Crime Stoppers.
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