A quick-thinking 10-year-old boy escaped a woman who was following him home from school on Friday by walking into a local store and asking the 17-year-old cashier to pose as his mother.
Surveillance footage from the possible kidnapping attempt shows a woman walking past fourth-grader Sammy Green as he made his way down the sidewalk moments before arriving at Dani Bee Funky, his favorite neighborhood store in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
The stranger continued to lurk outside as Sammy made his way to the counter and whispered to the cashier, 17-year-old Hannah Daniels.
Sammy’s father, Sam Green, told WPVI that his son asked Daniels to “act like my mom” because “this lady is following me.”
Surveillance footage shows the woman walking past him before entering Dani Bee Funky, his favorite neighborhood store.
The teenage cashier was quick to step between Sammy and the woman, who was still holding the door open.
Daniels then calmly walked over, closed the door, and locked it. That’s when the woman finally left.
Speaking about the terrifying incident, Sammy’s father said he was shocked after seeing footage of his son being followed.
“When we were watching that video, I cried every time I watched it,” he said.
The stranger continued to lurk outside as he made his way to the counter and whispered to the cashier, 17-year-old Hannah Daniels.
Sammy told CBS Philadelphia that he was walking home from school on the local main street when the woman started following him and offered to buy him food.
“She said, ‘I’m going to Wawa, do you go there? What do you get from Wawa? Where is your family?’” he recalled.
Sammy had never seen the woman before that day, but she claimed that she knew his family and told him that he was supposed to go with her.
When he saw the corner store near his house, he acted quickly and went inside.
Daniels then calmly walked to the door, closed and locked it, prompting the stranger to finally walk away.
Speaking with CBS Philadelphia, Daniels recalled telling Sammy to wait in the back while she took care of the woman, but he refused to let her go.
Sammy said that he was “still shaking” when he was in the store.
“Seeing my son reach out for help because he was basically in fear for his life, that cuts you deep,” Green told the local news station.
The grade-schooler credits his father for teaching him to be wary of strangers and to always be aware of his surroundings.
The Pottstown Police Department reportedly located the woman over the weekend and she was referred for mental health help.
“Think through each scenario and make sure the kids know it and practice it too,” Green said. ‘Practice your situations and scenarios as if they were fire drills.’
Sammy and Daniels are being commended for thwarting what could have been a possible kidnapping that day.
CBS reported that the Pottstown Police Department located the woman over the weekend and that she was referred for mental health help.
Sammy now has a family friend walk him home from school after the scare.