The neighborhood is something of a maze; many of its streets are cul-de-sacs.
Boggs got close enough to the car to see a little girl inside. Garcia was nearby.
The driver looked at Boggs and Garcia, then stopped the car at Gable Park and Betz Farm Road and pushed the girl out of the car. The driver then drove off, Boggs said.
Boggs said he didn’t see where the car went.
“She runs to my arms and said, ‘I need to see my mommy,’ ” Boggs said.
Boggs scooped the girl onto his shoulders and began riding the bike toward home, but then decided that wasn’t safe, so he carried her and walked back while Garcia pedaled along, guiding the bike Boggs had been using.
Back at Lancaster Arms, when Boggs and Garcia arrived with the girl, someone summoned a firefighter or law enforcement officer.
Boggs said the girl was reluctant to leave him and go to the official.
“She didn’t want to leave me because she thought they were going to do something to her. I said, ‘No, it’s OK,’ ” he said.
Police said later that the abductor took the little girl for ice cream, and that there were indications of an assault.
Boggs met the girl’s family Thursday evening, after he told police his story.
The girl’s family members “were just saying that I was a hero, that I was a guardian angel and that it was amazing that I was there and was able to find the girl,” he said.
Boggs doesn’t see himself as a hero.
“I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do,” he said.
He described himself as a typical kid.
He plays football, basketball and track (he runs the 100- and 200-meter and the 400-meter relay, and does the high and long jump).
He likes sneakers, and if his hopes of being a professional athlete don’t pan out, he’d like to be a clothing or sneaker designer. Or maybe work in the culinary arts.