Charles Atkins Lewis, 37, was arrested Aug. 22 after allegedly kidnapping an unidentified woman, 25, who was hit with a gun and forced into his car after leaving a party in Downtown Dallas.
Kidnapper Charles Atkins Lewis
When two teens, Aaron Arias, 19, and Jamal Harris, 17, drove their car alongside the car with the ‘attractive’ blonde in the backseat, they were checking her out. They quickly realized she was in distress. She mouthed the words, ‘help me.’ As the car drove away, she was banging on the back windshield.
They followed the car for a half hour. They called 911 and fortunately the police were able to find them and capture the kidnapper. The teens said the hugs they got and the gratitude the victim expressed was all they needed in the way of a reward.
Aaron Arias and Jamal Harris, hero teens
While they were on the highway speaking with the police, there was this exchange:
“Yes, I’m on the highway. I’m witnessing a robbery. Not a robbery, a kidnapping,” Aaron Arias, 19, told a 911 dispatcher. “It’s me and another guy. So we’re checking out the girl in the backseat because we’re like, ‘OK, she’s kind of attractive’, and then all of a sudden the guy is turned back, looking at us.
“We looked in the backseat and the blonde female in the back was saying, ‘Help me,’ or something, whispering it. So I’m assuming it is a kidnapping.”
He and Jamal Harris, 17, drove behind the car on Highway 175 for miles, staying on the phone with the 911 operator as police raced to find them.
“Oh, my God, I’m hoping the car behind me is a police office. Nope, it’s not,” Arias said.
Within minutes, officers arrived.