“Help me!”: A 13-year-old girl escapes a kidnapping thanks to a call for help.

In Southern California, a 13-year-old girl was rescued from the clutches of a 61-year-old man. She was walking through the streets of San Antonio, Texas when Steven Robert Sablan allegedly grabbed her and threatened her with a weapon, according to CNN.

“If you don’t get in the car with me, I’m going to hurt you,” Steven says, according to court documents. Once in the car, while driving from Texas to California, Steven Sablan allegedly sexually assaulted the woman multiple times.

When the 61-year-old man went to a laundromat, the young man tried to seek help. Using a marker and a piece of paper, the girl was able to write “help me.” Fortunately for her, an alert passerby immediately called 911 to notify emergency services.

Long Beach police officers said the girl was “visibly emotional and distressed” when they arrived. After checking the vehicle’s license plate, officers learned that Sablan was wanted for burglary in Fort Worth, Texas, and was considered armed and dangerous. He also has previous convictions for theft and drug possession.

A pistol turned pellet gun, a switchblade knife and handcuffs were found in the suspect’s vehicle. The 60-year-old was charged federally with kidnapping and “abduction of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.”

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