Kayla Rose and her small dog were walking down a New Jersey street when she began to hear muffled screams.
According to the 17-year-old, it was Thursday morning, and she and her dog were out for a stroll before school when she realized the alarming sounds she was hearing were coming from the trunk of a car parked on the street.
She told WABC:
“I heard knocking and scratching on the trunk of the car, and I just backed up because I was scared. And then I heard it again. And then I said, ‘Hello.’ And he was like, ‘Hello, can anybody help me?'”
Watch Rose talk about her experience below:
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That’s when a “nervous” Rose ran to tell her mom what she just heard and yelled for her neighbors to call 911.
One of the neighbors who helped, Joe Bollaro, tried to get the man out of the trunk himself but to no avail:
“I got a crowbar and tried to pop the trunk, but it just bent the metal. The cops were coming, so I didn’t want to, I said, ‘They’re coming. Hold on.’ I said, ‘Can you breathe?’ He said, ‘Yeah.'”
After police removed the man from the trunk, he was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The man’s identity has not been made public.
Rose described him as being tied up inside the trunk while wearing a gray hoodie and black sweatpants.
Rose’s mother told WABC that the man was very thankful for her daughter’s help:
“He was shaken up; he was beat up. I guess he was very happy, thankful for my daughter that she found him.”
Police eventually arrested a person responsible for putting the man in the trunk.
According to USA Today, the man was carjacked by “two masked men” at gunpoint about three miles away from where the teenager found him, roughly 12 hours later.
The man told police that the masked carjackers also forced him to withdraw cash from multiple bank ATMs.
On March 8, one of the men police believe to be responsible, 24-year-old JaVohn Berrouet, was arrested and charged with carjacking, kidnapping, robbery, and weapon offenses.
Police said they found a .45-caliber handgun and a ski mask inside Berrouet’s home.
Authorities are still looking for the second suspect and are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that will lead to an arrest.